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Breaking age barriers: Opening technology’s doors to all residents

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Breaking age barriers: Opening technology’s doors to all residents
Published 8 March 2018
With tech trends rapidly changing, the City of Playford’s older residents can keep up, thanks to an IT Hub launched at a popular local community centre.

With tech trends rapidly changing, the City of Playford’s older residents can keep up, thanks to an IT Hub launched at a popular local community centre. ^^ Cale Price (left) and Lorne Parry interact over IT. Photos: Rob McLean Mayor Docherty said the facility will transition older residents to a digital connected community and is part of the City of Playford’s Smart City project.

City of Playford Mayor Glenn Docherty said more than 135,000 people visit the Grenville Community Connections Hub each year, meaning there are access opportunities for many northern residents.

The Grenville Community Connections Hub IT Hub features nine tablets, desktop computers and, most impressively, a multi-touch interactive table that allows greater access to technology for Playford’s over-50s.

“The tech hub is all about ensuring we have this technology in a place that’s central. We’ve got a large interactive table that you can use - you can get Skype on there, the internet - and we’ve also got desktop computers and tablets available for use,” he said.

“What’s also great about our tech hub is we’ve got some young people here using their energy and talent to help people.”

Students from Craigmore High School link with older members of the hub every Tuesday as part of the Digital Connect program.

Among the young people who attend the hub is year 10 student Cale Price, who said the experience has benefited him greatly.

“It’s been great, as it’s given me work experience and will help me to get a job,” Cale said. ^^ Craigmore High School students Cale Price (left) and Caitlin Halliday, who are involved with the Digital Connect program, check out the new multi-touch interactive table that is part of the Grenville Community Connections Hub's IT Hub. “I’ve enjoyed helping the elderly and having a sense that you are actually helping someone is great and I’ve learned some tech stuff as well.

“Also, I’ve learnt that sometimes they share personal stories and I can get a sense how to help them with their issue.”

Eureka Village resident and avid photographer Lorne Parry said the Digital Connect program has been very helpful.

“I’ve learnt about emails, the internet and a little bit of photography. It’s been really good as I take pictures and put them straight on my computer, so it’s reducing time and cost of getting them developed,” Lorne said. ^^ City of Playford Mayor Glenn Docherty opens the new Grenville Community Connections Hub's IT centre.

“By being able to put my photos up straight away, I’m also sharing the benefits of my skills with my fellow residents.”

To access the IT Hub, visit the Grenville Community Connections Hub at 10 Playford Boulevard, Elizabeth, by contacting 8256 0377 or visiting the Facebook page.

Click HERE for more information about the City of Playford’s Smart City project.