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Free iPad Training for Victorian Seniors

Seniors in Melbourne’s northern suburbs are being offered free and accessible iPad training session as part of a new Seniors Connect initiative.

Participants will be able to borrow iPads for their local library for the free training. Seniors Connect aims to help seniors get online, stay connected to family friends, and  improve their digital literacy in the comfort of their own home. It was announced by Minister for Ageing David Davis, in partnership with Telstra and the Yarra Plenty Regional Library Service and .

The program is expected to reach 1000 seniors living in Banyule, Whittlesea and Nillumbik.

“Thanks to support from Telstra and a Napthine Government funding boost, the program now has 50 tablets ready for Seniors Card holders to practice on and borrow. “Free training sessions will be delivered from Rosanna Library, at residential aged care
facilities in Banyule, Whittlesea and Nillumbik or even in a home visit.”

Telstra Chief Sustainability Officer Tim O’Leary said developments in digital technologies in recent years have provided significant economic and social benefits, but these benefits are not enjoyed by everyone.

“We focus our community investment on digital inclusion and ensuring everyone has access  to the benefits digital technology can bring,” Mr O’Leary said.

Yarra Plenty Regional Library Board Chair Cr Jenny Mullholland said this is a much-needed program for the seniors in our community.

“The program will make a difference to the library’s 120 housebound and isolated home library patrons, and the residents of the 39 aged care facilities visited by the library,” Cr Mullholland said.

This new initiative expands on the recently launched Victorian Tech Savvy Seniors training program that will see more than 6,000 seniors in more than 40 rural and regional libraries across Victoria receive face-to-face technology training.

Both programs partner with Telstra and are part of the Victorian Coalition Government’s Seniors Card Age Friendly Partners Program.

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