Seniors get tech savvy in Maranoa

Local seniors will be able to participate in 19 different training modules covering a range of essential topics from introducing people to the internet and email through to teaching about online shopping and banking, cyber safety and social media.

State Librarian and CEO Vicki McDonald said the program will provide Queensland's growing senior population with the skills needed to securely access essential services online.

"Tech Savvy Seniors delivers well-paced sessions to help seniors develop a range of useful online skills including how to use a smartphone and an iPad, the basics of social media, and how to shop online and access core government services."

"The program strives to get Queensland's older population online with confidence and to help them engage in the digital world so they can connect with friends and family, and access vital services," Ms McDonald said.

Telstra Area General Manager, Southern Queensland, Darren Clark said Tech Savvy Seniors is part of Telstra's commitment to helping all Australians enjoy the benefits of being connected and engaged with digital technology.

"We want everybody to thrive in a digital world, regardless of their age, background, ability or where they live. Digital technology can help break down social barriers, create efficiencies, and open up new learning and engagement opportunities for Queenslanders in their golden years," Mr Clark said.

Councillor Cameron O'Neil, Portfolio Chair for Economic Development said these free training sessions give seniors the opportunity to learn new skills that will have a positive impact on their day to day activities.  

"The Tech Savvy Seniors program is perfect for our community, with a strong demand among our seniors in the Maranoa to stay connected and up-to-date with technology," Cr O'Neil said.

Tech Savvy Seniors Queensland training is delivered by experienced facilitators. Participants will need to bring their own devices to all sessions.

Tech Savvy Seniors Queensland training sessions:

​Surat Library, 62 Burrowes Street, Surat

Monday, 9 October – 10am to 12pm
Monday, 16 October – 10am to 12pm.

​Mitchell Library, Cambridge Street, Mitchell

Tuesday, 10 October – 10am to 12pm

Tuesday, 17 October – 10am to 12pm.

Mungallala Library, Redford Street, Mungallala

Tuesday, 10 October – 2pm to 4pm

Tuesday, 17 October – 2pm to 4pm.

Yuleba Library, Stephenson Street, Yuleba

Wednesday, 11 October – 2.30pm to 4.30pm

Wednesday, 18 October – 2.30pm to 4.30pm.

​Roma Library, 33 - 44 Hawthorne Street, Roma

Friday, 13 October – 11am to 1pm

Friday, 20 October – 11am to 1pm

Friday, 27 October – 11am to 1pm

Friday, 3 November – 11am to 1pm.

​Wallumbilla Library, Calico Cottage – Old Railway Station, Wallumbilla

Monday, 23 October – 11.30am to 1.30pm

Monday, 30 October – 11.30am to 1.30pm.

​Injune Library, Hutton Street, Injune

Tuesday, 24 October – 10am to 12pm

Thursday, 2 November – 10am to 12pm.

For further information or to RSVP please contact Council's Regional Libraries, Arts & Culture Development Coordinator on 1300 007 662.

The Tech Savvy Seniors Queensland program has been funded by Telstra and the Queensland Government through State Library of Queensland.