Victorian Seniors Card holders have a chance to win an iPad in a new competition encouraging older Victorians to connect with the latest digital technology.
Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing, Martin Foley today launched the Tech Savvy Seniors iPad Competition at Emerald Hill Library in South Melbourne.
The Victorian Government, through the Seniors Card Age Friendly Partners Program, is working with Telstra to roll out the Victorian Tech Savvy Seniors Program.
The competition offers free training and DVDs to seniors who want to learn more about computers, smartphones and tablets.
Victorians have the opportunity to hire training DVDs from public libraries or to access the videos online if they already have online ability.
In rural and regional Victoria, seniors also have the chance to learn in person with peers at training sessions. The partnership is delivering training to more than 6,000 seniors in over 40 library services.
Seniors Card holders can enter the iPad competition for free and learn more about the Tech Savvy Seniors Program by visiting the Victorian Government’s Seniors Online website, .
Easy-to-follow training videos are also available on the website. The competition will run regularly throughout 2015 with the first winner announced on June 1.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing Martin Foley
“In today’s digital world, it is more important than ever for seniors to be equipped with the skills to use the latest technology and stay connected to reduce social isolation.”
“The Andrews Labor Government is supporting older Victorians to age well, and Tech Savvy Seniors is one way we are bridging the gap for seniors who are yet to connect online.”
“The Andrews Labor Government wants to give seniors the confidence they need to use tablets and smartphones, whether it is for accessing services, paying bills, reading books and news, playing games or staying in touch with loved ones.”
Quotes attributable to Telstra Chief Sustainability Officer Tim O’Leary
“Telstra is committed to helping all Australians enjoy the benefits of being connected and this goes to the heart of what Telstra stands for.”
“New communications technology gives people the opportunity to be more connected than ever.”
“Developing the confidence and skills to use technology and participate in the digital community and economy is increasingly important for seniors and we know that most seniors who participate in the Tech Savvy Seniors training are keen to integrate technology use into their lifestyles.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020