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Tech Savvy Seniors on tour

15 May 2017

Seniors across the state will have the chance to leap into the digital world as the Tech Savvy Seniors roadshow sets off on a regional tour of NSW today.

Minister for Ageing, Tanya Davies, launched the invaluable roadshow, which will visit 10 regional locations across the state, enabling seniors to use smartphones and tablets, shop and bank online, and use social media.

After launching in St Clair today, the tour will include stops at Forster, Guyra, Barraba, Dubbo, Griffith, Wagga Wagga, Gundagai, Temora and finish in Bathurst.

Tech Savvy Seniors has already empowered thousands of older people across NSW and helped them experience the benefits of digital literacy. I encourage all seniors to get tech savvy,” Mrs Davies said.

“With so many aspects of our lives now online, it’s important to ensure that older people can actively engage in all aspects of the community, particularly for these people living in regional areas who can often find themselves isolated.

“The roadshow brings this empowering program to older people in rural areas, some for the first time. It will get more seniors accessing information that will benefit their health and social wellbeing.” Mrs Davies said.

This program is a key initiative of the NSW Government’s Ageing Strategy to help older Australians develop confidence and skills to better participate in the community.

Delivered in partnership with Telstra, the program provides free or low cost training through a network of community centres and libraries to help seniors learn to use computers, tablets and smartphones.

Tricia Wilson, Telstra Area General Manager for Central NSW, said she can’t wait to see seniors in regional areas getting digital.

“What the Tech Savvy Seniors program does is essentially unlock the benefits that come with being online for our older community members,” Ms Wilson said.

For further information regarding the Tech Savvy Seniors Program please visit www.telstra.com.au/tech-savvy-seniors.