By Will McKenzie

Over the last several months I have been working with Living Connected, as a Community Educator and an Administrative Assistant. Living Connected is a non-for-profit social enterprise, which provides individualised assistance and education in IT skills for older people, who are becoming increasingly isolated with age.

Last week saw the launch of the digital inclusion scheme, GetOnlineWeek – where volunteers and communities came together to make sure that everyone can take part in the digital world.

The campaign, organised by the Good Things Foundation Australia, was a great success – and a wonderful opportunity to share my skills and knowledge for a great cause. We held 3 sessions across the Unanderra, Coniston and Woonona/Bulli regions which resulted in plenty of smiling faces as we provided help in getting elder Australians connected online.

The campaign for GetOnlineWeek we ran was about supporting older and disadvantaged Australians in developing the skills they need to engage in the digital world.

With Living Connected, we worked with the Coniston Men’s Shed with Dr. Helen Hasan, who leads the social enterprise. Through this initiative, I’ve had the awesome opportunity to assist and educate older Australians in achieving online inclusion through the use of mobile technologies.

 

Will McKenzie

As a Gen Z kid, things like laptops, smartphones, and Wi-Fi have been constant companions in my life. Many people like me take our digital skills for granted, having developed them from such a young age.

I’m set to graduate from a Bachelor of Information Technology next year, and during my time with Living Connected, I’ve learned how important it is to be included in this digital age.

Many Australians are growing older, with their physical ability to get out and about diminishing. On the contrary, digital technology continues to improve, providing new ways to connect with others and engage in exciting new activities. While learning these technologies can be challenging for older Aussies, it really is nice to see how much it can enrich their lives.