Library helping families, older people get online

Louise Fleck
Louise Fleck
Alexandra residents are being encouraged to  improve their online skills.

A Spark Foundation and 20/20 Trust initiative is offering digital training for older people and giving parents the chance to buy prepaid modems without entering into a fixed contract.

Central Otago District Council customer service and library manager Louise Fleck described it as a positive step.

"I think it’s something that Central Otago needs. Not everyone can afford the internet."

Eligible families must have at least one child under the age of 18 still attending school. For the older generation, the library would also give residents the chance to build their computer skills through free training in digital skills and knowledge.

Ms Fleck said older people would benefit greatly but she wanted everyone, regardless of age, to feel comfortable and confident using a computer and going online.

The workshops run from November 20 to December 11.

Ms Fleck said she hoped to introduce the programme to other libraries around the region.

- Adam Burns

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