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.

Newsletter 2-8

Volume 2, Issue 8   September, 2018

In this Issue:
Get Online Week Activities:

In the week of October 15-19 we will be holding special sessions at our iAccelerate, Unanderra and Woonona-Bulli RSL Dropin sites as well as at St Georges Basin and Sarah Claydon Milton on the topic: “Having your say on Social Media” For those who have never posted on social media before we will show how to post something on the Living Connected twitter feed, Facebook page or the blog on the website. They can take a selfie and add it to their posts or even create their own twitter accounts if they want.

Get Online Week in the Shoalhaven

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Get Online Week in the Illawarra

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Newsletter 2-7

Volume 2, Issue 7   August, 2018

In this Issue:
Our Expanding Network
The Challenges of myGov
Get Online Week
NSW Seniors Festival

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Our Expanding Network

Our new Dropin Centres are now up and running, At Woonona Bulli RSL,we  meet on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month 3pm-5pm. Please let anyone you know who lives in the area to come if they need IT help.
We now have sessions at 4 IRT Facilities in the Shoalhaven . On the 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month we are at St Georges Basin and Sarah Claydon Milton. On the 2nd and 4th Fridays we are at Nowra and Culburra Beach. It is great to meet all the residents who come in for help.

The challenges of myGov

It’s not just seniors who struggle to deal with the changes to doing business online with the government but seniors often need help getting set up with myGov and linking it to other services. Once set up, it is not so bad unless the ID, password or answers to secret questions are forgotten, or you don’t have the phone when a code is sent.

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Our Workshop with Chris Downs from the ATO gave us some hints that we are passing on to our clients.  It is particularly hard for the new arrivals to the country whom we help at the Illawarra Multicultural Services sessions we hold each Tuesday.  People who struggle with English not only find myGov a particular challenge but also need help with the online tests for a driver licence or citizenship.  Even we have trouble with some of the questions! However our team continues to grow their expertise with  e-government systems. So if you need help, get in touch.

Get Online Week

In the week of October 15-19 we will be holding special sessions at most of our iAccelerate Dropin sites on the topic: “Having your say on Social Media” For those who have never posted on social media before we will show how to post something on the Living Connected twitter feed, Facebook page or the blog on the website. They can take a selfie and add it to their posts or even create their own twitter accounts if they want.

NSW Seniors Festival

Living Connected will participate in the 2019 Seniors Festival next February. We invite our existing clients other seniors to come to our central site on the Innovation Campus and make, with the help of our team, short videos that reveal their life story in their own words and pictures. They will learn how to create video clips with their phones or a webcam, scan in images and use an easy to use movie maker type program to put it all together as a professional-looking video. They  can take it with them on a USB memory stick and show others.  This will be a festive and fun activity with all our volunteers and team there to help.

 

Newsletter 2-6

Volume 2 Issue 6- July 2018 -in this Issue:
ATO Workshop – doing your Tax Online
Our Expanding Network
Get online week

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ATO Workshop – doing your Tax Online

On Friday August 10, Chris Downs, Director Community Education and Assistance Australian Taxation Office, will demonstrate how to:
• create a myGov account & link it to the ATO
• lodge your tax return with myTax and more
Bring your phone and mobile device or use one of ours
Be hands on OR you can just watch and learn.
TICKETS: $10, $5 seniors/pensioners booking at https://www.trybooking.com/WYEA

Our Expanding Network

 We are soon opening 4 new centres!!

Our most northerly FREE Drop-in centre will now be Woonona Bulli RSL on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month 3pm-5pm

And, starting soon, we will have sessions for residents and community clients in the Shoalhaven twice a month on Fridays at:

IRT Greenwell Gardens Care Centre, Nowra

IRT Culburra Beach Lifestyle Community

IRT St Georges Basin Retirement Village

We will also be working with High School graduates at Flagstaff to help them have a voice and tell their own stories as short videos that they will produce themselves

Get Online Week

October 15-19  we will be holding special sessions at most of our Dropin sites on the topic

“Having your say on Social Media”

For those who have never posted on social media before we will show participants how to post something on the Living Connected twitter feed, Facebook page or the blog on the website adding a picture of themselves if they want.