The Mangawhai SeniorNet has found success with a new initiative involving one-on-one learning to maximise technology use.
Committee member Val Cleaver said offering seniors an alternative to a group training session had been valuable with helping to fix “specific problems.”
“People seem to pick up skills a lot better in this type of learning situation so we are trying to encourage more people to give it a go,” she said.
“People do struggle and we encourage them to come and have an hour with a tutor. It can be any technological problem.
“Through our help clinics we usually identify if someone has a specific problem and go from there,” she said. Val hopes that the initiative will encourage new membership so newcomers can then enjoy many of the other group benefits and courses SeniorNet offers.
“We still run ‘tech Tuesday’ and ‘wired Wednesday’ each week, and looking ahead we are quite keen to run some Internet banking courses with the dummy Westpac site.
Recently Mangawhai SeniorNet has been asked to help the needs of Wellsford Citizens Advice Bureau volunteers.
The one-on-one training with a volunteer tutor takes one hour and costs $15 for a SeniorNet member and $25 for a non-member.