Newsletter 3-2

Volume 3 Issue 2 March 2019

In this Issue:
About Kim
Expanding South
Expanding Home Service
Research Underway

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Kim is the friendly person that answers the Living Connected phone and replies to emails. But many of our clients and even some volunteers have never met her in real life. The way we are growing, Living Connected could not function without all the things she does behind the scenes. So here she is in her official iAccelerate head shot and at her website http://www.themessagetherapist.com.au/

 

 

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Expanding South
We have found that keeping the map of our centres and partners up to date is a good way to let everyone see how and where we are growing.
As you can see in our current map we are planning to open new centres further south down the NSW coast as far as Bega. The University of Wollongong has a campus in Bega and the new Bega Valley Innovation Hub is a part of the iAccelerate Innovation Hub where we are based.  We hope to leverage off this connection to expand the Living Connected program in this area. We are looking for UOW Students in Bega to join us as volunteer helpers and engage aged-care providers in the Valley to find clients for us.

Expanding Home Service

As we open new Drop-in Centres and train local volunteers, we are advertising our service of Home Visits in the area.  These are becoming popular in the Eurobodalla Shire and we now have clients from Batemans bay to Narooma.

Remember all home visits are free in 2019

Research Underway

Following up from our last newsletter, Laura is ready now to collect data for the research into the value of the Living Connected program.  She will interview will clients at a couple of our Wollongong Drop-in Centre and then do some analysis and report her findings.

Newsletter 3-1

Volume 3 Issue 1 February 2019

Welcome to our first Newsletter of 2019

In this Issue:
Seniors Festival 2019
FREE Home Service 2019
UOWx and Campus East Student Volunteers
Research Plans

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Seniors Festival this February
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We had a great time helping seniors to make videos about their life experiences. Splicing together short video clips, adding digitised photos and overlaying a narration has produced some interesting results.  Starting at the Seniors’ Festival, many of the participants continue to come to our iAccelerate Sessions Tuesdays and Thursday mornings to finish off their efforts.  Anyone else can come and start theirs, with our help of course!

FREE Home Service 2019

With funding we have received this year from the Federal Government’s Be Connected program, we are able to expand our home visits and begin some research into the outcome of our services The following is on their website

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UOWx and Campus East: student volunteers and interns

Campus EastTo help us with the existing and new services that we are offering this year, we are recruiting new student volunteers.  Last week we inducted a group of students who are residents at Campus East adjacent to our home, iAccelerate, on the Innovation Campus. This week we aim to recruit at the University’s Shoalhaven and Bateman’s Bay campus for student to help with our new services in those areas. Many of these students will put their volunteer hours with us through the UOWX program which connects students with valuable co-curricular community activities. The personal and professional development gained through these activities is formally recognised through the UOWx Award.

https://www.uow.edu.au/student/life/uowx/getinvolved/volunteer/UOW256498.html

Research Plans

Taking advantage of our partnership with the University of Wollongong, we are this year doing some research into the value of the Living Connected program. For this, we have engaged one of our volunteers, Laura a Master’s student in the School of Health & Society who is already putting together her research proposal.

Newsletter 2-10

Volume 2, Issue 10 November, 2018

In this Issue:
Expanding Home Service
Student Volunteers
Last Day at Flagstaff
More Research
End of Year

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Expanding Home Service

In 2018, we have greatly expanded our network of Drop-in Centres and computer-help groups, which now spreads from Woonona Bulli RSL in the north to Sarah Claydon Milton in the south. In 2019, we aim to branch out from each network hub to provide services to elders who live nearby at home, in a retirement village or in a self-care unit of an aged-care facility. If you know someone who needs help with their digital set up or device, why not give them one of our gift vouchers for Christmas go to https://livingconnected.network/gift-voucher/

Student Volunteers

This year we have had great help from a host of student interns and volunteers:  post-grad, under-grad and high school. Many were new to Wollongong and found that helping us was a way for them to get to know the area.  Our Living Connected program has been greatly enhanced by the involvement of the students and I hope they have got as much out of this as we have.
In 2019, we plan to expand our work with students and offer those that volunteer with us the opportunity to count their serviced towards UOWx awards.  We plan to make this available at the UOW campuses at Nowra, Bateman’s Bay, Bega and Southern Highlands. To do this we are looking for opportunities to partner with aged-care facilities and those delivering home-care packages in those areas.  Please get in touch with us if you want to know more.

Last day at Flagstaff

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Flagstaff Board member Assunta Young came to our last session with the Flagstaff group to present certificates to participants. We have some great videos from these participants:  Josh telling us about himself and Mario interviewing Assunta. You can see these via the links below
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1TL5R23143l6FQd1TwDX0_COIzJ-BQIl2
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1NiChRoaL6CJxYxx034xz-5v5rWAYMeL3

More Research

Living Connected is founded on research into why and how out elders use digital technology.  This research continues and we have just presented a paper at the Australasian Conference on Information Systems entitled “Older Women Online: Engaged, Active and Independent”.  You can read this paper at

http://www.acis2018.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/ACIS_paper_83.pdf

We hope to engage at least one post-graduate research student in further investigation of this topic using Living Connected as a case study in 2019.

Next Year

December is fast approaching and the end of year.  We will be closing our Dropin Centres for December and January. We will still have help at iAccelerate on Tuesday and Thursday mornings but only by appointment. Watch our website for opening dates.

Newsletter 2-9

Volume 2, Issue 9 October, 2018

In this Issue:
Flagstaff Project
Get Online Week
Demo Day
End of Year

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Demo Day

November 9 is Demo Day at iAccelerate.  We will be there so come and see us with the other resident businesses.

End of Year

December is fast approaching and the end of year.  We will be closing our Dropin Centres for some of December and January.  Watch our website for dates for closing and opening dates.