SeniorNet was introduced to New Zealand over 13 years ago. It is a voluntary organisation teaching computer skills to those 50 years of age and over and there are now over 100 groups established in various parts of the country.
The aim of SeniorNet is to teach computer skills to older adults in an enjoyable, friendly way, and give them the opportunity to learn new skills enabling them to contribute their knowledge and wisdom to society and to communicate with the younger generation, by using the internet and new communication technology.
At SeniorNet Garden City, courses range from Introductory and Word Processing through to the more advanced courses i.e. Database, Spreadsheets, E-mail, World Wide Web, Scanning, Files and Disk Management, Zipping and Unzipping files etc.
The manuals used are written specifically for the older person and are taught by volunteer tutors. Two tutors are assigned to a class of 6 students.
Help sessions are held on the First Wednesday of each month (excluding December and January) from
10-00am to 12-00pm where tutors are available to help members who are experiencing difficulties, or just need a guiding hand. Members of the public are also welcome on these practice days to come and visit the rooms and find out more about SeniorNet.
All older people should have the opportunity to continue their education regardless of age and this is what SeniorNet offers, " Participate in the Age in which You Live "
Learning computing opens up a new world to many older people and gives them a new lease on life. It has been reported that in some areas where there is a SeniorNet Organisation doctors have noted a decline in older people attending the surgery.
SeniorNet Garden City is situated in the Methodist Church Grounds, 3 Brake Street, Upper Riccarton, Christchurch. For more information please phone and leave a message on 348-4499.