Be Connected – November

ASCCA SWADE Project Be Connected Capacity Builder

Be Connected Capacity Building project

We’re excited to provide an update of our ongoing Be Connected Capacity Building project, which is currently in full swing, thanks to the dedication of our Lead Digital Mentor, Natika.

Three full Digital Mentor training days have already been completed as part of this project. Two were held face-to-face, one in Perth, and the other in Kununurra. The third, delivered via video conferencing over two half-days, presented a unique challenge when Natika temporarily lost her voice. But as they say, the show must go on, and Natika, with her indomitable spirit, encouraged participants to turn up their volume and make the most of the closed captioning function on Zoom!

Four individuals gathered around a table in a bright office setting. A woman in the foreground wears a winter jacket and sits next to a keyboard and a stainless steel water bottle. Opposite her is another woman in a colourful striped jumper, working on a laptop. In the background, a man in a blue cartoon T-shirt uses a mobile device, while another individual with tied-back hair is seen in profile. The table has various personal items, including a lunch plate and a laptop.

These three sessions have been a resounding success, resulting in the training of half of the required 46 digital mentors for this round. But we’re not stopping there. Looking ahead to the new year, we plan to host more face-to-face Digital Mentor training sessions. The specific locations are yet to be determined, and this is where you, our member clubs, come in.

A bright, modern library setting with groups of people seated at tables, engaged in discussions. On the right side stands a prominent banner for the "Australian Seniors Computer Clubs Association (ASCCA)", showcasing its mission to empower seniors with technology since 1998. The banner displays images of seniors using devices. In the background, bookshelves are filled with various titles, and there's a colourful kids' corner. The environment is well-lit, fostering a communal and collaborative atmosphere.

If you’re interested in getting involved in Be Connected, from applying for funding to training digital mentors for your club, now is the perfect time to get in touch with Natika. She’s your go-to person for all the information and support you need to make this initiative a reality in your community.

We’d also like to extend our congratulations to the Good Things Foundation. They recently announced the successful securing of another four years of Be Connected funding. This news presents a fantastic opportunity for our members to reach out to Natika and discover how they can access grants to support new seniors in joining their group and focus on rebuilding their clubs post-COVID.

A screenshot of a virtual meeting showing six participants. Starting from the top left:
1. Natika Hawes-Wright, smiling, wearing a white top.
2. Melanie Casey, with short hair, wearing a black top and smiling.
3. Hannah Kondinin CRC, a young individual with makeup, wearing a red lanyard.
4. Chez Kununurra Library, wearing headphones and a green blouse, looking focused.
5. Suzi, wearing glasses and a dark top, with a gentle smile.
6. Georgia and Janice Maisara, two women side-by-side, one in a white top and the other in a green shirt, both smiling.
All are presented in a grid layout typical of online video conferencing platforms.

The Be Connected project continues to be a pivotal avenue for ASCCA to empower seniors through technology. We’re very pleased to see the progress made and the positive impact it is having on our Clubs and communities.

Stay tuned for more updates and articles in the upcoming eNewsletter. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or need further information.

Natika Hawes-Wright
Be Connected Lead Digital Mentor