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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Newsletter 3-4

Volume 3, Issue 4       June, 2019

In this Issue:
Bega Connection
Banksia Village Broulee
My Community Project VOTE 1 for us in Keira

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gemma-ansell-silver-serviceBega Connection

Silver Service, a start up at the Bega Valley Innovation Hub, has joined the Living Connected Network. Founded by Gemma Ansell, Silver Service aligns perfectly with the Living Connected approach in the form of a mobile kiosk where seniors can get advice and support using digital devices for essential everyday tasks becoming more connected to their family, friends and the world around them.

Banksia Village Broulee

Our newest seniors’ Computer Club opened on July 4 with a crowd of 25 enthusiastic residents of Banksia, located in the seaside village of Broulee, in the heart of Eurobodalla’s stunning nature coast. As has been our experience elsewhere, participants had a range of devices and levels of knowledge. All are keen to get help with individual problems but listen to advice to others while waiting their turn. We will balance groups sessions on popular topics with 1-on-1  help.  Residents have banded together to get wifi hubs while waiting for the NBN to arrive!


My Community Project VOTE 1 for us in Keira

Planned for 2020, 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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Newsletter 3-3

Volume 3, Issue 3       April/May, 2019

In this Issue:
About Phil
APR Dropin Centre
Research Update

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PhilandJohn Phil Holleley has been a great supporter of Living Connected long before it formally existed. He has been teaching seniors about computers for many years, running Tech Savvy Seniors and training in South Coast Colleges. When asked to help he will go way beyond the call of duty. His lovely daughter Sophie has also come to our sessions. Here Phil helping John, a long-time client at Sarah Claydon, Milton, our first Dropin Centre.

Albion Park Rail Drop in Centre
Our newest Dropin Centre at Albion Park Rail is attracting many local seniors who appreciate the help our team is giving them.  Living Connected manager, Helen, attended the Cancer Council’s Greatest Morning Tea at the Centre and was busy telling people about the Dropin Sessions, recruiting a whole new group of clients.


Research Update
In our previous Newsletter, we reported that Laura was collecting data for the research into the value of the Living Connected program.  She is now finished her data collection and analysis and is just about ready to hand in her final report.  These are her conclusions:

  • Older people utilise technology for a range of reasons – to support their occupation, for leisure and/or connecting with others
  • Technology enables older people to maintain their independence, give meaning to their everyday activities and stay connected to loved ones
  • A personalised service such as Living Connected is effective in supporting the emotional and social wellbeing of older people as it is inclusive and supportive of their needs
  • Alternate services such as group-specific classes at the library and paying someone for assistance can pose a deterrent in an older person’s learning
  • Even those that are do not have a strong affiliation with technology see the value in it supporting an older person’s wellbeing

The complete report on Laura’s research will be available soon.