Newsletter 3-8

Volume 3 Issue 8  September 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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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 (https://livingconnected.org.au/about/our-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.

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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   mycommunityproject.service.nsw.gov.au

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!

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My Community Project VOTE 1 for us in Keira   mycommunityproject.service.nsw.gov.au

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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