ID: 154268

Seniors Technology Mentors

Seniors & Aged Care Regular - more than 6 months Hughes ACT

About this opportunity

Council on the Ageing (COTA) ACT is currently recruiting volunteers who are interested in demonstrating to older Canberrans (in a one-on-one style format) basic technology skills.

We live in a technological world these days and since the COVID-19 lock down happened in March 2020, staff at COTA ACT have been inundated with calls from senior Canberrans feeling isolated, alone and unable to contact friends or family on modern communication platforms. Seeing a family member, a grandchild or an old friend via video link is far more satisfying then talking on the phone. Children also find communicating online easier, they are able to show the family member on the other end of the camera the latest piece of artwork created, cake baked or how much more they have grown.

We need volunteers that are able to demonstrate basic mobile phone, tablet and laptop skills so that our seniors can continue to feel connected to family and friends. A lot of the seniors interested in doing the one-on-one sessions are shy, a little embarrassed and are keen to be in a one-on-one session rather than a class situation so they are free to ask questions without feeling silly or intimidated.

Over the last couple of weeks we have gathered a list of names of people that are interested in the one-on-one sessions and we are keen to get underway as soon as we can.

The plan is to eventually impart enough confidence in people so that they are able to find further resources, information and training through the Be Connected website.

For more information about the project, visit the COTA ACT website news area.

Additional requirements

National Police Certificate *.

Interested in assisting seniors in information technology

* May be arranged via the Organisation. Details to be provided on expression of interest.
Time Required

We are proposing the following times and days: • A half hour one-on-one technology session per person (people can come back if needed) • Monday between 10am and midday, and • Wednesday between 10am and 1pm

Type of work
  • Education & Training
  • IT & Web Development
  • Sport & Physical Activity