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 22nd October 2021. At the Expo, we reminded Eighty seniors to, “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 18th -24th 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 State Vice President Graham Bennett 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. Our guest speaker for the event was Bev and Tennille Perth Hearing and Tinnitus Clinic – How Hearing Technology can help stave off dementia, improve your standard of life, and can help alleviate the symptoms of Tinnitus.
There were 9 exhibitors on hand this year to provide help and advice to those in attendance, they included:
- Perth Hearing and Tinnitus Clinic – How Hearing Technology can help stave off dementia, improve your standard of life, and can help alleviate the symptoms of Tinnitus.
- 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, how to digitise old photos and share them.
- 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.
- WA Seniors Card – the Safety and Security Rebate. Technology to help keep you safe at home.
- Sofihub – Technology enabling seniors to live longer at home
- Innogreen Tech – Technologies for end-to-end smart home solutions as well as training and support with the goal of improving quality of life and technological inclusiveness.
- SRCWA Cricut – How technology can be used for crafting.
- Have a Go News – Digital newspaper editions, how to view them online.
On exploring, the benefits of getting online participants received an entry into the draw to win a $100 gift card. The winner Patricia was very appreciative of her prize and had visited the Be Connected stand where she was able to explore the various topics on using technology on offer. Our second prize a Google TV bundle won by Jeff who managed to learned how technology such as video doorbells can help to keep you safe at home.
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, thank you to Richard Dermody for the photographs.