Newsletter 3-9

Volume 3 Issue 9 November 2019

In this Issue:
Reflecting on 2019
Preparing for 2020
Seasons Greeting
Many Thanks

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Reflecting on 2019

Living Connected helps elders use technology to remain independent, active and engaged as they age. In 2017-18 we grew mainly through community sessions in the Illawarra and in aged-care facilities in the Shoalhaven. This year have expanded our network of centres to cover the region along the NSW South Coast from Bulli to Bega.  In addition, we have been able to ramp up our home visit program, with substantial funding from a one year Be Connected Capacity Building Grant.  This is where we had identified the most need from the research on which the Living Connected service is based. A condition of the grant is that we don’t charge for our services, although many of our clients do offer to pay. While the support is appreciated, we would like to reduce our reliance on short-term grants.
Look at the latest map of the Living Connected Network ( which shows how much we have grown this year.

Preparing for 2020

We are looking forward to continuing to deliver all the popular services we have been offering this year. We are also looking forwrd to taking part in the Young Mentors program being developed by the Federal Government’s Commissioner for eSafety. This new program aims to trains High School students as digital mentors for seniors.  In our experience the students get as much out of this as the elders they mentors.

Our challenge for 2020 is sustainability, not relying too much on grants that may not be forthcoming in the future. We have created a flexible network structure through great partnerships, we have a great team of mentors and a learner-led way of operating that is viable and meets the needs of elders struggling to adapt to the digital world.

Critical to a flexible networked organisation is the role of administer and we have been so fortunate in having Kim Leach in that role while we have been going through our first couple of chaotic star-tup years. Although she will still being around doing some home visits when she can, we will not have Kim in the admin role in 2020. I am sure that everyone who has met Kim will appreciate how much we will miss her.  However, we are always very proud when one of our team benefits from their experience with Living Connected to step up in their career.

Seasons Greeting from Living Connected

It is always a pleasure to join the residents for breakfast at IRT Greenwell Gardens< Nowra before our computer group meets. At the last one for the year, Donna made sure there was plenty of Christmas fare.
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A big thank-you to everyone who has been part of our organisation in 2019!


Newsletter 3-8

Volume 3 Issue 8  October 2019

In this Issue:
New Partnerships
Get Online Week 2019

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New Partnerships

At Living Connected we seek to develop partnerships with other community organisations who help our elders living along the NSW  South Coast.These partnerships help us grow and find more people who need our help. Most recently we were approached by the Red Cross to work with those receiving their home visits and we believe our services can complement each other well.  We are also strengthening our ties with aged-care providers and local councils in our region. We are active members of the Age-Friendly Illawarra Alliance and the Community Industry Group.

Get Online Week 2019

Living Connected joined hundreds of other members of the Be Connected network across Australia to participate in Get Online Week from October 4-8. We held GOLW events at our Unanderra and Woonona- Bulli Centres. As in 2018, we planned to introduce participants to social media by taking pictures and posting on our Twitter feed as shown here.

At both Centres we had a visit from Raj Bajpai, Community Ambassador from NBNCo, whose explanation of the NBN enlighten both our participants and our mentors as shown here.


We were also asked by the Multi-cultural Council of the Illawarra to help with some of their events as shown below.


On Wednesday morning, we helped some Spanish speakers from South America at the Corrimal Men’s Shed.  We showed them how to connect to the Internet through our mobile broadband and to set up hot spots on their devices.  They then had a go at taking selfies and sending them to each other as messages or email attachments.


Newsletter 3-7

Volume 3 Issue 7  September 2019

In this Issue:
Home Visits 2019
Preparing for 2020
Official Photos at Banksia
Formal Structures

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Home Visits 2019George

Living Connected helps elder use technology to overcome the isolation that comes with age. In 2017-18 we grew mainly through our Dropin groups.  This year we have been able to ramp up our home visit services, funded by a Be Connected Capacity Building grant.

Seen here with Phil, George was our first home visit. He had multiple health issues and lived in a facility where everyone else had dementia. The computer helped him reconnect with the world.

Preparing for 2020     

Looking at the latest map of the Living Connected Network ( shows how much we have grown. We believethat we have created a flexiblenetwork structure, a great team and a learner-led way of operating that is viable and meets the needs of elders struggling to adapt to the digital world. Our challenge for 2020 is sustainability, relying too much on grants that may not be forthcoming in the future.

“Official” Photos at Banksia

A few “happy snaps” taken recently  at our Broulee Residents Computer Group taken by Banksia Marketing Coordinator, Natalie, showing how we make learning fun.

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Formal Structures

For those interested in formalities, Living Connected is the trading name of Living Connected Now Limited which is a small non-profit public company limited by guarantee. A Founding Board registered the company with ASIC in 2017 and have overseen its development.  Pictured below are the “First Directors”: Helen Hasan, Lee Ridge, Kate Crawford and Peter Carew.  Peter and Kate have now resigned as directors and we thank them for their support in getting us going. The last meeting of the Founding Board, approved the appointment of some new directors. This will take us through to the AGM in November when elections for next year’s board will take place.

As decided earlier in the year, those who make up the dedicated and hard-working Living Connected team will be invited to become “members” of Living Connected who will be eligible to vote for the directors to guide us in 2020.

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Newsletter 3-6

Volume 3 Issue 6  August 2019

In this Issue:
Interns and Students
Community Events
Successful Alumni

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Interns and Students
A great advantage for Living Connected is its relationship with the University of Wollongong.  Last year we had 2 Interns, Hayden and Abby and help fromMARK321 students.  This year we have 2 new Interns, Will and Jimmy, who will help us with our Get Online Week events at Unanderra and Woonona-Bulli. We also have a small team of philosophy students studying what we do.

Community Events

Tuross Careres3 We have held two Community sessions with the Tuross Heads Carers Group in the Eurobodalla. This provided information and hands on help Tuross Careres1a
Helen-Bega Further south, in beautiful Merimbula we held a most successful event with our partner Gemma from Silver Service a resident at the Bega Innovation Hub. Our guest speaker was Philip Smith from Bendigo Bank, talking of online banking. BendigaBank

Successful Alumni


NickiUFARA Living Connected is proud of its support for team members who work with us while they are applying for permanent jobs. Nicki is the most recent team member whose experience with us helped her to a job, in her case with TAFE. Thanks Nicki for all your mentoring. Our learners will miss you, particularly those at Unanderra Community Centre. Our references for Igor, Hayden, Abby and Laura have also led to more permanent work.

Newsletter 3-5

Volume 3 Issue 4  July 2019

In this Issue:
Inter-Generational Project
Community events
My Community Project VOTE 1 for us in Keira

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Inter-Generational Project
Our Digital Skills / Life Experience project is partnering with the Young Mentors Program driven by the eSafety Commissioner, an inter-generational reverse mentoring program for school children and older Australians. Not only does it facilitate essential digital learning for older Australians, it also gives young people the opportunity to develop valuable teaching, communication and leadership skills.


Community Events

IMSCommunityEvent2.jpg In Wollongong our Be Connected Community program had a multicultural focus with events at the Illawarra Multicultural Services and the Cringila Community Centre with the Multi-Cultural Council of the Illawarra CringilaCommunityEvent
CullburraSnrCits1 Further south, our Be Connected Community events included lunch at the Senior Citizens of Culburra, breakfast at Greenwell Gardens in Nowra and a CWA meeting in Berry IRTNOWRA

My Community Project VOTE 1 for “Digital Skills / Life Experience” in Keira

Closing date for voting AUGUST 15

As described above, this cross-generational project will train and mentor high-school students to teach seniors digital skills and, in turn, seniors will teach students life skills from the days before the Internet. In this way our whole community benefits!

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