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Become a digital mentor with the help of COTA ACT

Are you interested in learning more about technology, and helping people in your life with their digital devices?

Living in a digital world can have its challenges. While we know it’s meant to make our lives easier and take the hassle out of everyday life, for many the struggles of learning and keeping up to date with digital technology can be a burden. This is what we hear from many people over the age of 50 in our community. 

As we age, we can feel apprehensive about diving into the digital world. With an abundance of gadgets available, the overwhelming concerns of making mistakes or feeling left behind in an increasingly tech-based world is real.

Our GET IT Digital Support program helps to breakdown some of the barriers to technology access and creates desire to learn as we age. In partnership with BeConnected and Good Things Foundation, volunteers are being trained to assist participants of the program.

The training ensures that volunteers know that they don’t need to be tech experts — but need to demonstrate patience, enthusiasm and be supportive of participants as they start their digital learning journey. The training program has recently included adaptations to include support and understanding for participants with Dementia and Low vision.

This Digital Mentor Training programme has seen over 150 people trained to support seniors in learning digital technology in the ACT alone. Training sessions are run throughout the year, and we can’t wait to see what the next wave of skills that digital mentors bring to their sessions.

The phenomenal success of our Get IT program continues to provide opportunities to explore a wealth of resources tailored to seniors and sparks curiosity and passion for lifelong learning, for both digital mentors and participants.

If you are interested in facilitating confidence and independence in senior Canberrans when using digital devices, we hold various training sessions throughout the year. Please fill out the form linked below to express your interest, and we will be in touch before our next session!