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ComputerPals Mission

Our mission is to educate seniors in the use of computers and other technology as a way of enriching their lives and making them more self-reliant. We bridge the generation gap and assist seniors to find ways to benefit the community through their collective experience and knowledge.

ComputerPals Training Courses, Special Interest Groups, and Social Activities

Classes are conducted on Tuesday - Thursdays in school terms. They are generally of one and a half hours (sometimes over 5 weeks, or 3 hour courses, one-off courses may also occasionally run on Fridays. Every Monday morning is a closed session devoted to equipment maintenance. Monday afternoons host meetings of Committee, "Train the Trainer" sessions and our Special Interest Groups (see the calendar link [above] for actual times and dates) - DigiPals (Digital Photography), WriterPals (Creative Writing), and MemoryPals (preserve your memories).

TabPals (tablets and phones) meet on a Friday (Apple iPads/iPhones at 11am; and Android system Tablets/phones at 1pm

As well as our computing sessions and meetings, we arrange Social Outings (approximately one per month) and free (once a Term) Morning Teas (which is also a General Meeting) with excellent Guest Speakers for our members and guests. We have developed training courses for our Senior Citizens so that they can learn about computers and technology without feeling under pressure to keep up with the "youngsters". Membership is open to Novocastrian residents over the age of 55 years, as well as residents of nearby Local Council areas.

Who Provides Our Training?

Tutoring is provided by a band of volunteers, prepared to share their knowledge and give their time, so that we can provide training at minimum cost. Being a member of ASCCA ( Australian Seniors Computer Clubs Association ), we have access to ASCCA's resources and links to other Seniors' Computing Clubs throughout Australia. If you would like to become involved as a tutor, or if you know someone who has the skills but is not yet a member, please contact our Tutor Co-ordinator.


Our new location is 15 Hubbard St, Islington NSW 2296 (right next door to the Islington Public School - our old location). Easy for you to find.

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Notice of Motion – Increase of Fees

At the forthcoming Special General Meeting of ComputerPals for Seniors – Newcastle Inc. to be held on 19 June 2017 a motion will be put forward to change the fee structure of the club.

The April Committee Meeting passed a motion to propose, to the members, a change of the club fees. This change is proposed to help offset increased ongoing costs of running the club, primarily the rent of our current premises.

This proposed modest increase will fall well short of covering costs at the current level of participation. It will remain imperative to find a solution for the longer term financial viability of the club through affordable accommodation.

Please note, the Club’s Membership Fee has not changed since the club commenced in August, 2000.

Proposed Fee Structure:

  1. Joining Fee - $5.00 – all new members
  2. Membership Fee - $25.00 pa – July to June
  3. Discounted Part Year Membership Fee - $15.00 – Any new member joining between 1st January and 31st March will pay $20.00, the Joining Fee ($5) plus a discounted Membership Fee ($15) and receive membership until end June
  4. Late in the year Membership Fee – $25.00 - anyone joining between 1st April and 30th June will pay $30.00 - Joining Fee plus Membership Fee and receive membership for the remainder of the year and the following year, July to June.
  5. Tuition Fee - $6.00 per hour of lesson.
  6. Special Interest Group Meeting - $2.00. This is no change from the current charge. (This applies to all members attending any of the Special Interest Group meetings).
  7. Renewal of Membership – Members must pay Membership Fee when due (by 30 June) however if a Member has become unfinancial then renewal will be allowed without the Joining Fee until 31 December.

A motion proposing this change to fees will be put to the Special General Meeting to be held at 9:30 am on Monday, 19th June.  The venue will be the Islington Public School Hall.

Your attendance at this meeting is important so we urge you to attend.

Following the business of the meeting there will be a free workshop for older road users with safety tips for all of us...


Want To Join? - For a Membership form, click HERE, print it, complete it and send or deliver it to us. Cash payments cannot be made to tutors - payments are only made to the Treasurer by mail, through the bank or online banking or at Enrolment Days. For more information go to the 'Payments' tab above and follow the instructions regarding payment (see note below).

Course information is available on the 'Courses/Timetables' tab above.

You must be a Financial Member up to 30th June 2017 to enrol  in classes for the remainder of Term 2. ($10 paid now will make you financial through to 30/6/2017).

Membership is from 1 July to 30 June. 

NOTE: Membership and course fees beyond 1 July are presently to be set at the next General Meeting (Members Morning Tea) on 19th June 2017. Until the new fees are formalised no membership payments for 2018 can be accepted.

Course enrolments are now being taken

for 2017 Term 2 (26th April to 30th June)

for Courses available 'click' on the Courses/Timetables tab above

Phone 02 4961 6576 (during business hours M - F)

or email us at


Next Enrolment Day in 2017 will be on Friday 2nd June between 9:30 am and 11:30 am.

when you will be able to call in and inspect our premises, enrol for Courses, join the club and pay Membership ($10 paid now will cover you through to 30/6/2017). Membership payments for 2018 will need to be delayed until the fees are set at the General Meeting (Members Morning Tea) on 19th June 2017.

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The 19th ASCCA Computer Conference 2017 will be held on Wednesday 8 and Thursday 9 November 2017 at Rydges World Square Hotel, Pitt St, Sydney

Be sure to put it in your diary. Some fantastic speakers have already been booked. More details as we get closer to the event. The conference always has been extremely interesting and topical for us seniors.

2017 ASCCA DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY & CREATIVE WRITING COMPETITION TOPICS HAVE JUST BEEN ANNOUNCED. Start taking those photos (check your camera date has been correctly set), or sharpen your creative writing skills and get moving now. Applications are available now.... click here for Digital Photography or click here for Creative Writing

The categories are unchanged for Digital Photography.

One photo allowed in each category. Must be taken after 1 st August, 2016.

1. Photo Journalism

2. Photo Travel

3. People/Portrait

4. Landscape/Seascape

5. Landscape/Structural/Man-made

6. Animal (s)

7. Open

Creative Writing

The three topics for Story Writing (no more than 1,000 words) are;

1. Open

2. A Snap Decision

3. A Neighbour

The three topics for Poetry (300 words or less) are:

1. Open

2. A Tree (Trees)

3. My Place


PO Box 73 Broadmeadow 2292 Ph 4961 6576

Location: 15 Hubbard Street - ISLINGTON - NSW 2296

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