Volwing has diversified. We have launched a new program, involving seniors and new information technology. The initiative is called TechKnow, the intention is that younger people will teach older people how to get the most out of their smartphones and pads etc.
The program will provide support for interested older people to develop IT skills so they can stay connected, informed and enjoy a safe experience online. This a particularly beneficial as it has been shown that connectedness can reduce isolation.
Most older people prefer ageing at home, but they need to plan ahead so as not to lose contact with friends, family, shopping and their banking institutions etc. The program can be delivered in our Moss Vale premises, their homes or residential aged care facility.
The TechKnow initiative in the Southern Highlands has funding support from the Australian Government’s Be Connected Program, from IMB Bank Community Foundation and from Veolia Mulwaree Trust.
Volwing currently is recruiting volunteer mentors. Meeting older people who have never used a computer, tablet or mobile phone, and explaining how it opens up a whole new world of connectedness, is proving to be engaging and rewarding.