Friday, 27 May 2011

Broadband Internet Training For Seniors

Do you know a Senior Citizen struggling with a computer? Or are you one yourself? Then training is available on the basics of using the computer, Internet, Emails and Word Processing. This is open to any person 50 years or older.

What does it cost? A gold coin donation each session is the only cost. The government is funding the computers and internet access to encourage seniors in using computers and the internet.

How long will the training last for? Each session lasts one and a half hours each week and there are eight sessions. If you're still struggling at the end of the eight weeks then you can book in again however if there are others still waiting for the basics then they get first preference.

What do you mean by 'basic'? Being able to use the mouse and keyboard; find information on the internet; have your own email address and be able to send and open emails; simple word processing.

I already know 'the basics'. I want to learn more - is that possible? We would love to, however at the moment we are not able to go past this basic training simply due to availability of suitable tutors. Some options are:
  • If you already know the basics then we would love to have you take on some of this basic tutoring. That way our more knowledgeable tutors could be spared to provide this more advanced training. We get help, we can help you.
  • Hunter Community College are running courses at Woodrising that give formal qualifications (Certificate 1 in IT) however these are more designed for people wanting better employment.
  • There are also three very active seniors computer clubs at Islington, Charlestown and Cooranbong plus some U3A organisations as well that provide training.

Where is the training held? At a dedicated room at Woodrising Neighbourhood Centre.

Who is giving the training? Volunteer tutors who are conversant with using the computer and training. Most of them are seniors themselves so they understand seniors problems.

How many are trained at once? There are only two seniors with the one tutor so its very personal attention. Training proceeds at the seniors pace of learning.

When is the training held? This depends on volunteer availability but they are fairly flexible. At the moment it is on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

I don't have a computer and/or internet access. This doesn't prevent you receiving the training, however it does make it difficult for you to practice, and practice is essential. You are welcome to use the computers and internet access at Woodrising anytime they are not being used for training.

Can I receive the training on my own computer? If its a laptop then you're most welcome to bring it in and train on that. That also lets us help with any problems you might be having with it.

How can I get some of this training? Bookings are essential. Ring the Woodrising Neighbourhood Centre on 4959 4624 and put your name down. Or apply using our online form. You will then be contacted to arrange suitable times and answer any questions you might have.

Why should I do this training? Make new friends; find out what is going on; communicate with old friends and relatives; Look up bus and train timetables; get street directions; research items like family history; show the younger generation that you've still got it and most importantly, so you stop swearing at the computer!

Where can I get more information? This the main website for the Broadband For Seniors (BFS) system and this is the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

Please mention this to any senior in the community.
  • If they need training then its only a phone call away.
  • If they are conversant with a computer then they are most welcome as a volunteer tutor.

The Blokes Booklet - Information For Men

The Blokes Booklet is a directory of services, contacts, support groups, information and commentary designed to help men in the Central Coast area get better access to resources and assistance. Click here to download it.

Its put out by the Benevolent Society which is Australia's first charity. They are an independent, non-religious, non-profit organisation with nearly 200 years experience of driving positive social change.

Thursday, 26 May 2011

Boat launch video


This email has an attached wmv (windows media video) file attached. Interesting to see what happens. It looks like it has transfered fine.

Some Clinical advice - Pregnant at 71

This post was from an email that had an animated gif cartoon embedded in the email contents. The gif file did not transfer but I think that was a problem with gmail rather than with blogger.


A woman went to the doctor's office where she was seen by one of the younger doctors.
After about four minutes in the examination room, she burst out screaming and ran down the hall.
An older doctor stopped her and asked what the problem was, she told him.

After listening, he had her sit down and relax in another room. The older doctor marched
down the hallway back to where the young doctor was writing on his clipboard.

"What's the matter with you?" the older doctor demanded. "Mrs. Terry is 71 years old, has
four grown children and seven grandchildren, and you told her she was pregnant?"

The younger doctor continued writing and without looking up said,
"Does she still have the hiccups?"

Johns Chevelle

This was from an email I posted that had four attached photos of a relatives Chevelle car. As you can see the photos automatically opened in the blog, but ahead of the text of the email. I managed to edit the placement of the photos so they are in pairs rather than in one long list but this only worked after I increased the width of the blog

This is a link all about the Chevelle

"Footloose" ! An Editing Masterpiece

If you happen to like dancing, or watching clever choreography of dancers, then check this Youtube video. Whoever took the time to put this video together is very clever at editing!

Click your mouse here: "Footloose"

This was an emailed post with a link to a web page. It has transferred perfectly.

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Welcome to our new Blog!!

Woodrising Neighbourhood Centre has started a blog!!

Why? This blog is so we can keep our community informed of whats going on at the WNC, whats coming up, courses you can enroll for, services we are offering etc. In fact any news at all that relates to our district.

Can I comment about any of the entries? You sure can. And we want you to. At the bottom of each post is a 'comments' link. Click it and then type your comments, select an identity and then push the 'Post Comments' button. We will attempt to address any questions or comments that you leave.

Can I get an email anytime there's a new entry? You sure can. Just click 'comments' link and then the 'Subscribe by Email' link below and the blogger system will automatically send you an email anytime there's a new entry.

How can I tell others about the blog? We'd love you to spread the word. Just click the small buttons below to email them and/or to post to Facebook or Twitter etc. The more people that know then the better informed will be the community.

Can I post something on the blog about upcoming events? We are working on that.