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Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis with regional librarian Kathryn Breward and Youngster.co co-founder Tony Rothacker at the pop up launch of the Get Connected program at Grafton Shoppingworld last week. Image: Contributed.

Seniors set to become tech savvy

Emma Pritchard

Aimed at helping local senior citizens to become more confident when using technology, Clarence Valley libraries have launched an exciting new Get Connected program with the help of Youngster.co, an intergenerational organisation which employs youths to show and teach senior citizens how to use technology.

After recently launching the ingenious program at a pop up stand in Grafton Shoppingworld to generate community awareness, regional librarian Kathryn Breward said seniors are welcome to visit local libraries in Grafton, Maclean, Yamba and Iluka and participate in free one on one tech help sessions with trained employees of Youngster.co.

“It’s really important for seniors to understand how to use technology effectively, especially given that so much is happening online right now and the Covid-19 pandemic has seen an increase in online activity,” she said.

Youngster.co co-founder, Tony Rothacker said the program bridges the generational gap by connecting youngsters who possess tech savvy skills with seniors who have life experience. 

“Youngster.co is an intergenerational social enterprise which creates jobs for youths and helps seniors with technology,” he said.

“Many seniors are isolated and disconnected from accessing necessities and other things they require online, and with tech help from our youngsters, we teach them how to get connected and equally, it’s important for our youngsters to learn how to provide great customer service.

“Our vision is to create a world where young people have meaningful jobs, are valued and engaged while elders are respected, digitally literate and part of a vibrant community.”

Mr Rothacker said libraries are a trusted space where youngsters and seniors can meet.

He is encouraging Clarence Valley senior citizens to take advantage of the program which has been launched to coincide with NSW Seniors Festival last week.

To book a free tech session with a youngster, please visit www.youngster.co or contact your local library.

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