DIGITAL LITERACY: Sylvia Holgate was learning new technology life skills with Banana Shire Council Taroom Library staff member Sheree Rose.
DIGITAL LITERACY: Sylvia Holgate was learning new technology life skills with Banana Shire Council Taroom Library staff member Sheree Rose. Contributed

Classes keeping our rural seniors online

SYLVIA Holgate looked forward to the Rural Seniors Communicating Digitally class at the Taroom library to help her stay in contact with friends and families.

"I hope by attending these lessons it will help me be more confident when using apps and Facebook to keep in touch with my family and friends,” Sylvia said.

"I also want to learn more about emailing, texting or how to attach photos and files to them.”

This program offered by the Banana Shire Council will help Sylvia and many other rural seniors to gain new skills.

The sessions will assist with learning about more technology and their devices.

They will have a structured learning component and time to ask about device and technology issues.

"I can go into programs in the library catalogue and be able to use them confidently,” she said

"Eventually I would like learn a language other than English and using Google or YouTube will help me with it.”

The digital literacy lessons, in Biloela, Moura, Taroom and Baralaba, was made possible by a grant of $9850 from the State Library of Queensland.

The program will deliver 10 sessions of 1.5 hours in duration in each location.

Banana Shire Mayor Nev Ferrier said the structured topics would be covered in half of the session times and the other half would be for participants to ask questions about their own devices or areas of particular interest.

"The seniors can ask specific questions of the facilitators about concerns they have with different aspects of the digital world,” Cr Ferrier said.

Sylvia had some advice for rural seniors about the benefits of doing this program.

"Without the Taroom library holding these lessons, seniors out in rural areas really have no way of getting help learning about modern technology,” she said.

"Some of them rely on their family to help them and unfortunately some don't have any family.

"I would definitely recommend other rural seniors to who need a better understanding of modern technology to attend.”

Bookings are essential and can be done calling the Banana Shire Library on 4992 7362.


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