Labor Government Helps Older Victorians Go Digital

The Andrews Labor Government is helping older Victorians in St Albans and Footscray develop their digital and online skills, so they can conduct financial transactions online, contact family using social media and take control of their e-health records.

Natalie Suleyman MP, Member for St Albans and Marsha Thomson MP, Member for Footscray said YouthNow in Sunshine will share in $160,000 of funding, which will help older residents connect with loved ones and access the vital services they need.

YouthNow will use their grant to fund the ‘Passing IT On’ project, where Brimbank’s youth will support the YouthNow digital literacy trainer to share skills and knowledge with senior Brimbank residents. The senior residents will be asked to pass on their particular skills or knowledge either to the young person or to another in the community.

Minister for Training and Skills Steve Herbert said the funding had been targeted to areas with high-populations of disadvantaged older Victorians who could enjoy better lives through the use of digital technology.

Adult, Community and Further Education Board Chair Rowena Allen said that , in the past 12 months, more than 1500 older Victorians in 40 communities across the state have participated in training funded under the program.

Residents wanting to find out more about Learn Local programs can visit learnlocal.org.au or call the TAFE and Training Line on 13 18 23.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Training and Skills Steve Herbert

“We’re helping older Victorians make the most of digital technology, so they can conduct financial transactions online, contact family using social media and take control of their e-health records.”

Quotes attributable to Natalie Suleyman MP, Member for St Albans

“YouthNow provides a supportive learning environment for people of all ages and abilities. If you want to get online and connect with your loved ones, then please make use of this great new program.”

Quotes attributable to Marsha Thomson MP, Member for Footscray

“The Andrews Labor Government is putting people first, helping older Victorians in the West connect with their loved ones and access essential services.”

Quotes attributable to ACFE Board Chair, Rowena Allen

“Community-based Learn Local organisations are ideally placed to deliver training that supports older Victorians to make full use of online services and digital technology.”

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