Barry Keen President
Comp Smart Tabs
Be Connected
CPN Newsletter
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For information contact us by email or our mobile # 0478 219 220  (during business hours Mon-Fri). This will probably go to a voice mail – please leave your name & phone number & the subject you want to talk about – we will get back to you ASAP.


Classes will resume on Monday 17 January at Club Lambton, CLICK HERE for our interim program for Term 1 2022. We will announce our other venues and update the program later in January.

Monday 17 January will also be an ENROLMENT DAY come in and enrol in classes. Starts at 10:00 am.

We no longer meet at 15 Hubbard St, Islington.

Face-to-face lessons for BeConnected classes will be presented each Monday from 10:00 am in the Club Lambton (Lambton Bowling Club), 51 Karoola Rd Lambton – situated in Lambton Park near the swimming pool. To enter the Club Lambton you have to be masked, sign in with the QR code, and show your Double Vaccination Certificate.
The vast majority of people are now double vaccinated and some have had their booster. This reduces the chance of being seriously affected by COVID-19. You can still catch COVID-19 (one of the variants) – here are ways you can minimise your chance of contracting it:

  • Observe good hand hygiene
  • Practice social distancing
  • Keep interactions with parties outside your family and friends brief
  • Wear a mask in the high-risk situations identified by the government
Arrangements for other venues are being finalised, more information will be advised soon when that has been resolved.
We look forward to seeing you at Club Lambton or online.
Stay safe and well
Barry Keen 

Be Connected – What is it?

Be Connected is an Australia wide Federal Government initiative empowering all Australians to thrive in a digital world. There are online learning resources as well as a network of community partners – the Be Connected Network – who offer in-person support so you can develop your digital skills and confidence.

ComputerPals for Seniors – Newcastle Inc. is a Be Connected Network Partner and we are here to help you.

Be Connected classes are FREE

If you have a need to develop skills to use a computer/tablet or smartphone – these classes are for you. The training is offered in small groups to allow personalised learning and one-on-one coaching. Phone 0478 219 220 (This will probably go to a voice mail – please leave your name & phone number – we will get back to you ASAP), alternatively send a text message (SMS) to enrol in the program through us and get our support.

CLICK HERE for the Be Connected website for more information. Then scroll down for an introductory video.

One of the Be Connected courses…

Smart homes

There are many different ways modern technology can help us in our daily lives. From voice-controlled smart speakers to making the family tv display content from your smartphone, our new courses look at what gadgets are available, how they work, and how to use them safely.

Some other examples of topics…

  • Introduction to online banking
  • Introduction to mobile banking
  • Introduction to myGov
  • Introduction to buying and selling online
  • Social media apps
  • Online hobbies

and there are many more…

Can you spot a scam?

Australians aged 55 and over lost over $50 million to online scammers in 2019*. It serves as a reminder that the internet is a wonderful place to explore and connect with others, but it pays to be savvy.

*Source: Scamwatch, 2020.

Join our 1-hour webinar to learn

  • Common scams including the latest Tax and Medicare scams
  • Tips on how to spot them
  • What to do and what not to do
  • Where to go for help


  • 1 February 10 – 11am AEDT
  • 17 May 10 – 11am AEST

Connecting to others

Although it may be necessary for you to physically isolate yourself from other people during the coronavirus outbreak, it’s vital to stay in touch with friends and family.

You can make video calls, send typed or instant messages and share photos and written updates with your friends on social media services. Being in touch with friends and family will help you to stay connected and feel less isolated.

Join our 1-hour webinar to learn

  • How to set up for video calling
  • How to use Skype
  • How to use WhatsApp
  • How to use FaceTime


  • 3 March 3 – 4 pm AEDT
  • 7 June3 – 4pm AEST

How to use smart home technology

With the increasing popularity of smart home technology in Australia, you may have already heard the term ‘smart home’ but wondered exactly what it is and how it works. We will introduce you to the benefits of smart homes, tell you what you need to set one up, and how to protect your privacy and safety while enjoying all the convenience this technology brings.

Join our 1-hour webinar to learn

  • The benefits of smart home technology
  • What you need to set up a smart home
  • How a voice assistant works
  • How to protect your information and keep yourself safe


  • 21 March 10 – 11am AEDT
  • 9 June 10 – 11am AEST




Are You OK?

We are aware of the challenges of keeping our own energy levels up as COVID goes from a sprint to a marathon, and we’re sure many of you feel likewise. While the media headlines are focused on case numbers and community transmissions, we shouldn’t forget the hidden toll this pandemic is having on the collective mental health in our communities. It is more important than ever to look out for ourselves and each other, and as a club, we will continue to explore ways to make sure we’re playing our part and providing the support that’s needed.

Joining a Zoom session for the First Time

Click Here for a rundown on the ‘How to’ by BeConnected.

Click Here for a print copy of the instructions.

2022 Membership is now due…

New members or old members re-joining 

Click here for a Membership Form

The annual cost is $25 pa 

also, a joining fee of $5 for new members.

Annual Membership is from 1 July to 30 June.

Membership is encouraged but not mandatory for people engaged only in Be Connected sessions.


Want to catch up with us on Facebook?    CLICK HERE


Who Provides Our Training?

Tutoring & Mentoring 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 Coordinator.


When we resume in 2022, our face-to-face classes will be run from Club Lambton on Mondays from 10:00 am, and we are conducting online ZOOM sessions for other classes (check your email or (better still) you send us an email to enquire what’s on and when and how to get onto the session). Our email address: 

If you need one-on-one help using ZOOM online – send us an email and include your phone number. We will call you back and discuss how we can help.

ComputerPals Mission

Our mission is to educate seniors in the use of computers and other technology (phones & tablets) 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 themselves and the community through their collective experience and knowledge.

Staying safe on Facebook

With over 2 billion daily active users, Facebook is the world’s most popular social networking site. It helps people stay connected, especially when they’re in different parts of the world. In this webinar, we will explore how when used with proper care, Facebook can be an enjoyable source of entertainment and a great way to connect with others.

Join our 1-hour webinar to learn

  • What you can do on Facebook
  • How to take control of your privacy settings
  • Common scams on Facebook
  • How advertising works on Facebook


  • 1 March 10 – 11am AEDT
  • 19 May 3 – 4pm AEST

Safer online shopping and banking

For many Australians, a connected lifestyle includes the convenience of online shopping and banking, however, privacy and security concerns can stop those who aren’t as confident online from enjoying the same experience.

Join our 1-hour webinar to learn

  • The benefits of shopping and banking online
  • How to safely shop and pay for things online
  • How to do every day banking safely online
  • What to look out for


  • 7 April 3 – 4pm AEST
  • 23 June 3 – 4pm AEST

Advanced online security

These exciting new courses introduce you to advanced ways of protecting your privacy and personal information online. Discover how to manage your passwords with a Password manager and install antivirus software to protect your devices from viruses and other malicious threats. You’ll also learn some other top tips for keeping you safer online.

Barry Keen President
Comp Smart Tabs
Be Connected
CPN Newsletter
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