Brisbane Seniors Online plan mentor training day

Logo of Brisbane Seniors Online Association Inc. (BSOL), featuring the acronym ‘BSOL’ in large black letters. Above the ‘O’ is a graphic of a globe highlighting the Australia-Asia region, with a USB connector beneath it. The globe appears to be emerging from a silver laptop, which lies flat at the bottom of the logo.

Brisbane Seniors Online have scheduled a training and upskilling training day for active volunteer mentors in late July. This is known as BSOLutions and most recently been held in 2021 and 2023 in the beautiful Queensland Cricketer’s Club that overlooks the Gabba Cricket and Football ground. Publicity officer Dick Bennett said he hopes to run this event annually and for 2024 and 2025 have received substantial grants to run the events. COTA (Qld) who work collaboratively with Brisbane Seniors Online have offered BSOL funding to run the 2024 event. CEO of COTA (Qld) Darren Young is the current Patron of Brisbane Seniors Online. The 2025 event is being funded by a Federal Volunteers grant supported by Federal Member for Griffith Max Chandler-Mather with funding supplied by the Department of Social Security. 

With technology and new devices changing rapidly, mentors require essential upskilling and training to keep abreast of these changes. Mentors are encouraged to attend the day so that the knowledge that they are imparting on their learners is current and reflects the quality service offered by BSOL as a recognised professional training organisation to seniors and over 50s in the Greater Brisbane area. The event will hear around 9 presentations throughout the day from professional speakers and organisations. 

A group of Brisbane Seniors Online Association (BSOL) members attending a Mentor Day event. The attendees are seated around round tables, attentively listening to a presentation. The event takes place in a room with large windows overlooking a stadium with colourful seating. Some members are taking notes, and a presentation slide is visible on a screen at the front of the room.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Census has revealed some significant numbers of over 50s in the Brisbane Seniors Online Greater Brisbane coverage area. The ABS Census in 2016 revealed 692,155 over 50s resided in the area. In 2021, this Census figure increased to 806,918. This was an increase of 114,763. This was a result of people living longer and an ageing population. It showed that Brisbane Seniors Online still had a reason and need to offer the services we had been providing for about 23 years. So, it is important for the Brisbane Seniors Online mentors to have the skills to provide quality tutoring services to seniors and over 50s. BSOLutions allows for mentors to receive ongoing training and upskilling of their existing level of knowledge. 

The next BSOLutions is scheduled on Wednesday 31 July 2024 at the Queensland Cricketer’s Club. This is located adjacent to Brisbane Seniors Online HQ and training centre in Gabba Towers, 411 Vulture Street, Woolloongabba. All active Brisbane Seniors Online mentors and welcome and encouraged to attend this event. This is a member only event and bookings will open in late June. 

For more information, see the Brisbane Seniors Online website www.bsol.asn.au or Facebook.com/BrisbaneSeniorsOnline  Tel office 3393 2225