Due to the outstanding efforts of WA Government, Health Workers and the Community at large, we were able to run the Get Online Week SRCWA Seniors Tech Expo on Friday 23rd October 2020. At the Expo, we reminded Seventy-six seniors that, “now is the time to get online”.
The Expo held in the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries building in Leederville Western Australia was part of the worldwide “Get on Line Week” movement 19th -25th October.
Through the Good Things Foundation, we were fortunate enough to secure a Be Connected Grant, which enabled SRCWA to run a very successful event.
SRCWA Executive Officer Dawn Yates officially opened the Expo at 10.00am, which included an introduction to each of the exhibitors. Exhibitors gave a short presentation on their products and services and explained how they can be of help to seniors in their day-to-day life.
There were 10 exhibitors on hand this year to provide help and advice to those in attendance, they included:
- WAPHA – WA Primary Health Alliance virtual doctor’s appointments demystified and My Health Record
- Telstra – CallADoc service bridging the gap for regional West Australians and mobile phone issues.
- NBN Australia – What is the state of the internet infrastructure at your address what are the options and how to access one on one digital literacy support.
- Camera Electronic – Cameras, accessories and options for seniors, why cameras may be a better option than mobile phones
- Be Connected Network Partner SRCWA TSS – log on and learn more about using the Be Connected free learning resources or find a Be Connected Partner near their home.
- Seniors Housing & Consumer Protection WA – how to use the online portal to research housing options for the over 55’s.
- Guardian Safety Pendants – Pendants with a built-in mobile phone and fall detection to help elderly stay at home longer
- Sofihub – Technology enabling seniors to live longer at home
- Have a Go News – Digital newspaper editions, how to view them online.
- Wikimedia Australia – How seniors can use, contribute to and be a part of the world largest online encyclopedia.
On exploring, the benefits of getting online participants received an entry into the draw to win a $100 gift card. The winner Geraldine was very appreciative of her prize and had visited the Seniors Housing stand where she was able to use the internet to explore housing options for seniors. Our second prize a Google Nest Mini and Chrome Cast bundle won by Julia who managed to learned how to regain access to her MyGov account.
Participants enjoyed a healthy and delicious lunch as well as tea coffee and water at the event.
Our grateful thanks go to the organisations and government departments who supported this event, which helped to introduce and encouraged the participants to the wonders of being online. A big thank you to the SRCWA staff and volunteers who worked very hard to facilitate this event