13 August 2018

Grants for organisations in Corangamite to get seniors online

I was delighted to visit the Leopold Community & Learning Centre last week to see its Be Connected program in action.

Leopold Community & Learning Centre received a $50,000 grant from the Australian Government’s Be Connected initiative to further develop its Technology Tearoom, which assists local seniors with using their digital devices.

The centre has also employed digital technology trainee Tristan, who was previously volunteering at the centre for two hours a week.

I now call on other community organisations to apply for a share of up to $20 million in funding to help get seniors online.

The Turnbull Government is providing grants of up to $50,000 to local organisations to deliver free digital skills training to people over 50 as part of the Be Connected program.

By joining the Be Connected Network, organisations help seniors in Corangamite to maintain their independence and keep connected with family and friends.

Participants in the program get free, personalised face-to-face coaching and access to interactive tutorials and resources.

Local organisations including the Anglesea and District Historical Society and the Cloverdale Community Centre are already delivering the program in both the Corangamite and Corio electorates, but more are needed.

I encourage organisations in the Greater Geelong, Surf Coast, Bellarine, Golden Plains and Colac Otway region to join the network of local partners and offer digital skills and social support to seniors in our community.

More than 1,500 organisations have already joined the Be Connected Network across Australia, including libraries, community centres, clubs and aged care facilities.

To find out more information about Be Connected or to join the network, go to www.beconnected.esafety.gov.au or call 1300 795 897.

13 August 2018