Using a mobile phone, computer and electronic devices in general does not come naturally for many people in the community.
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Yes - us oldies do need some help from younger people with our electronic devices, which makes a program being run from the Huskisson Community Hall so important.
A group of Year 10 Vincentia High School students, for the past few weeks, volunteered their time to help a group of older residents learn more about their electronic devices.
Both groups enjoyed being part of this highly successful program.
Shirley Briggs said it was fun and educational.
“I have learnt a few things. I found it interesting and will get more use from my phone,” Mrs Briggs said.
Year 10 student Sarah Blackman enjoyed mixing with the older residents.
“It’s nice to teach, rather than being taught,” Sarah said.
Vincentia student Eadie Waring said she also learnt things from the older ‘pupils’.
“I love this program and its been so good,” Eadie said.
Eadie added it was nice to help people.
Sally Holland was another person helped by the students
Mrs Holland said she had also learnt some new things thanks to the helpful students.
“The students are marvellous,” Mrs Holland said.
Pat Hume said with a few more lessons she will also be able to get more use from her phone.
Hall committee booking officer, Peter Dooley, applied to get a Be Connected Federal Government grant to run the program.
Mr Dooley said it means a large section of the community does not fall behind when it came to using electronic devices.
Be Connected targeted people 55-years and over.
Two classes were run during the four-week course and 23 people signed up to get support.
“The participants love it (the program) and the love the youths,” Mr Dooley said.
Everyone was impressed with the Year 10 students.
“It was like they had the skills for the job before they even turned. They were patient, they showed initiative, they were concerning and they made sure it was not demeaning,” Mr Dooley said.
He added both parties learnt from each other, while tutor David Wastie was also able to share his knowledge.
Mr Dooley, given the chance, said they might apply for similar grants.
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