For information contact us by email or phone 02 4961 6576 (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.
Monday 12/7/2021 – 10:00 to 12:00pm
Members Morning Tea – and Special General Meeting to discuss and vote on changes to our Constitution. There will also be a guest speaker from Novacare regarding understanding your eligibility for government funded in home care services.
We have a COVIDSAFE Plan in place.
Make sure you check in using the Service NSW QR code when you attend our rooms
You must book in (phone 4961 6576), and pay (if applicable) in advance.
Our normal schedule is classes in the mornings (10am-11:30am) and afternoons (12:30pm-2:00pm) on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
ZOOM CLASSES will be run on Friday mornings (from 10:00am – 11:30am) for those people who are not yet ready to return to the clubroom or find this more convenient. Topics change each week and attendees nominate the topic for the next week.
Members check your email or send an email to us and enquire what is coming up and how to join our sessions. We may be able to assist individuals or groups on other days if a need is made evident. You will need to tell us of your preference.
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 Call for the First Time; Fun and Easy Online Connection
Click on the link below for a YouTube video that explains Zoom Meetings
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 smart phone – these classes are for you. The training is offered in small groups to allow personalised learning and one-on-one coaching. Phone 4961 6576 (This will probably go to a voice mail – please leave your name & phone number – we will get back to you ASAP) 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…
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 smart phone, 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…
2022 Membership is now due…
New members or old members re-joining
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.
In addition to our classroom lessons……
STAY SAFE ONLINE…. (a video)
@EmpowerITS (click on the link) has put together this fantastic resource for Staying Safe Online, to help older Australians to take the next step in their online journey. A great initiative from Good Things Foundation Australia
Easy steps to secure your online information
On completion of the Guide, you will have strengthened the security of your online accounts and your information. Click Here for their website.
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.
SO WHAT DOES COMPUTERPALS OFFER?
We are now back to classes in the clubroom (see above) and conducting online sessions on Friday mornings at 10:00 am (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: email@example.com
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.
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.