Bellingen Library helping Seniors become Digitally Connected

Seniors with Ipads

Bellingen Library has been successful in obtaining a small grant of $1500 from the Federal Government’s ‘Be Connected’ Fund.

Be Connected is aimed at increasing the confidence, skills and online safety of older Australians in using digital technology.  It adopts a family and community centred approach to target those aged 50 years and over, who have minimal or no engagement with digital technology.

The Bellingen library intends to register 15 seniors on the ‘Be Connected’ website and teach them the basics of connecting online and how to use online resources including the library website. Participants can choose what they are interested in learning. This includes using library digital resources such as eBooks, how to use a digital device, be safe online, send emails, use Facebook and other social media as well as shop online and share holiday photos with family.

Council’s Manager of Community Wellbeing, Alison Pattinson welcomed the news, adding that an application for the same funding has been made for the Dorrigo and Urunga Libraries with the results to be announced on 30 April, 2018.

For further information and to register your interest in the training program, drop into the Bellingen Branch Library or phone 6655 1744 during library hours.