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From the President’s Desk

The image is a portrait of Jennifer Willcox, ASCCA President, a smiling senior woman with short grey hair. She's wearing glasses, hoop earrings, and a black V-neck top. A gold necklace with a circular pendant sits at her collarbone. The background is plain white, highlighting her as the main subject. Her cheerful expression conveys warmth and approachability.

July 2024 eNews

Welcome to the latest edition of our newsletter! As winter sets in with its chilly embrace, I hope you are all keeping dry, warm and cozy. 

I am thrilled to introduce our new intern, Jenan Aburahmeh, who will be taking over the tasks from Anushka. Jenan has hit the ground running, already diving into following up on our grant opportunities. Please take a moment to read more about Jenan in the article below. 

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Announcing the Appointment of Our New Co-CEOs: Paul Dovas and Lance Rickards 

Firstly, a huge thank you to Nan Bosler and Jim Parker for their support in helping us with our CEO recruitment campaign. 

We had an incredible response for our advertisement, with nearly forty applicants with backgrounds from industry, community & social services, and government. We interviewed ten stand-out candidates with demonstrable prior experience in a CEO role and proven achievements in creating successful organisations and helping them scale. We have decided to proceed with two excellent people who will partner as Co-Chief Executive Officers for ASCCA and lead us into our next phase of evolution. Their respective skill sets are highly complementary, and we believe that this will be the right model to accelerate ASCCA’s growth and in turn support you, our member clubs.  

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Introducing Our New Intern: Jenan Aburahmeh

Jenan is a young woman wearing a light pink hijab and a dark denim jacket. She is standing against a plain light-coloured wall and is smiling gently at the camera.

We are delighted to welcome our new intern, Jenan Aburahmeh, to the ASCCA family. Jenan joins us through the generous support of the McCusker Foundation and the University of Western Australia. We are grateful to the Centre for Accessibility Australia for kindly hosting Jenan in their office space once again. 

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A New Chapter for Our Clubs Forums: Seeking Your Input

A screenshot of a virtual meeting with eight participants in separate video call windows. The participants include William in a home office, Natika with an ASCCA background, Jennifer in a plain room, Ralph in a home office, Marilyn in a living room with a grandfather clock, John in a modern living room, Jeanette in a home setting, and Irith with a background of a building arch. Each person is looking towards the camera.

Our June Clubs Forum marked the conclusion of our current series, as the Round 9 Be Connected Capacity Building funding has come to an end. These forums have been a valuable platform for sharing knowledge, discussing issues, and building a stronger community within ASCCA. 

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Apple’s iOS 18 Transforming iPhone 15Pro and Pro Max 

Article Credit: Centre for Accessibility Australia 

A hand holding a smartphone displaying the iOS 18 control centre interface. The control centre shows various settings such as calculator, stopwatch, alarms, home, wallet, timer, dark mode, capture, and clock. The background features a blurred computer keyboard and desk, with the text ‘iOS 18’ prominently displayed on the left side of the image. Colourful square icons are positioned on the right side of the image.

iOS 18 is set to transform the user experience on the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max with enhanced accessibility options for the Action button! From Control Centre Toggles to customisable shortcuts, this update offers a range of new features designed to meet diverse needs. 

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From the President’s Desk

The image is a portrait of Jennifer Willcox, ASCCA President, a smiling senior woman with short grey hair. She's wearing glasses, hoop earrings, and a black V-neck top. A gold necklace with a circular pendant sits at her collarbone. The background is plain white, highlighting her as the main subject. Her cheerful expression conveys warmth and approachability.

June 2024 eNews

Dear ASCCA Members, 

I hope this message finds you well. I am pleased to provide an update on the significant progress and activities our Board members have been undertaking of late.

We are currently in the process of recruiting a CEO for ASCCA, a role that will initially be voluntary. Our goal is to secure funding through grant-based sources to financially support this position into the future. Over the past month, our board members have been diligently conducting interviews from a highly competitive field of candidates. We anticipate announcing the successful candidate in the coming weeks. 

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Thank you Anuska  

I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to our intern, Anushka, for her tremendous efforts over the past few months in her role as Grants Support Officer.   Anushka and I have worked together with various grant applications for ASCCA. Although she has this week completed her internship, Anushka has expressed a desire to continue contributing to ASCCA on a voluntary basis, which we are thrilled to support. 

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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. 

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From the President’s Desk

The image is a portrait of Jennifer Willcox, ASCCA President, a smiling senior woman with short grey hair. She's wearing glasses, hoop earrings, and a black V-neck top. A gold necklace with a circular pendant sits at her collarbone. The background is plain white, highlighting her as the main subject. Her cheerful expression conveys warmth and approachability.

May 2024 eNews

Happy May Day, 

As we step into the merry month of May, I wish to take a moment to connect with you all through ASCCA’s official newsletter. It’s a time of significant change and ongoing activities within our organisation, and I am keen to share some important updates and acknowledgments. 

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Be Connected – May 2024

"Digital Nation Australia 2021" created by Good Things Foundation Australia. It visually represents the digital divide and inclusion in Australia, highlighting various groups most at risk of digital exclusion, including people with disabilities, low-income households, older individuals, and remote rural residents. The infographic also shows statistics on digital access, ability, and the level of digital confidence among Australians, noting that less than 40% are confident they can keep up with technology. Additionally, it mentions that a significant portion of jobs requires digital skills and that many adults use apps connected to the internet. The design includes icons and illustrations representing different demographics and digital interaction scenarios, effectively summarizing the state of digital inclusion in Australia during the pandemic and its impact on various segments of the population.

Bridging the Digital Divide: The Vital Role of ASCCA Clubs 

In today’s rapidly evolving digital landscape, the challenge of the digital divide remains a significant barrier for many, particularly older Australians. The Australian Digital Inclusion Index (ADII) reveals that one in four Australians are still digitally excluded, impacting their social integration, access to services, and overall quality of life (Good Things Foundation Australia) . 

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Telstra’s 3G Network Shutdown: What You Need to Know 

 The image captures a telecommunications worker in a cherry picker crane performing maintenance or installation work on a tall tower packed with various antennas and communication devices. The tower is situated in a dense, forested area, indicating a remote location. This type of work is essential for maintaining the connectivity infrastructure that enables mobile and wireless communication. The clear sky suggests fair weather conditions, which is typically preferred for such outdoor operations. The image likely represents efforts to upgrade or maintain the network, which could be related to the telecom advancements like transitioning from 3G to 4G or 5G services. 

As part of the technological shift towards more advanced communication standards, Telstra has announced the closure of its 3G network across Australia by 30 June 2024. This change highlights an urgent need for users of older mobile devices to check their phone’s capability, particularly for emergency calls over the 4G network using Voice over LTE (VoLTE) technology. 

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Intern Introduction

Welcoming Anushka: ASCCA’s New Intern through the McCusker Foundation

We are thrilled to announce that Anushka has joined the Australian Seniors Computer Clubs Association (ASCCA) as an intern for the coming months, an opportunity made possible by the McCusker Foundation program. Anushka brings with her a fresh perspective and an eager mind, ready to contribute to our mission of empowering seniors through technology.

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Be Connected – April 2024

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.

Progress Update on Be Connected Capacity Building Project – Round 9

As we approach the conclusion of the current Be Connected Capacity Building Project (Round 9) at the end of May, it’s timely to reflect on the significant strides we’ve made towards our goals. The project has been a concentrated effort to enhance the support structure for senior Australians, helping them become more confident and connected in the digital world.

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ASCCA and Indian Ocean Group Training Association

A cheerful group selfie at a 'Be Connected' session on Christmas Island. The photo features a diverse group of seniors seated around a long table, with a facilitator at the forefront smiling widely at the camera. The participants are engaging with each other and the session, with informational leaflets and notes scattered on the table. The room is bright and functional with emergency signage and equipment visible, emphasizing the community and safety aspect of the event.

Empowering Digital Literacy in the Indian Ocean Territories:

As many of our members know, ASCCA has been a Be Connected Network Partner from the very first steps towards the national network it is today, in late 2017.  Since then we believe we have been an integral cog in the wheel for this nationwide initiative to empower ‘older Australians’ when it comes to technology. Since then, we have built on both Nan and Jenny’s impressive networks, spanning the length and breadth of the country to partner with other peak bodies and organisations who engage seniors in some way, shape or form, but not necessarily having the resources within their organisations to focus on digital literacy for their older volunteers, staff or community members.

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Be Connected – March 2024

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.

Digital Mentor Training 

During March we will be holding two face-to-face sessions in Perth and Harvey, south of Perth.  The Perth session is being hosted with partners, Centre for Accessibility Australia. This collaboration is a testament to our ongoing commitment to creating inclusive digital landscapes. Additionally, our previous partnership with AMaGA and Harvey History Online in Harvey continues to bolster our network of support.

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Brisbane Seniors Online on the move again

Brisbane Seniors Online (BSOL) is on the move again. Unfortunately, this will be the 5th move since it was founded around February 2000. The current location in Gabba Towers is earmarked for demolition work associated with the reconstruction of the Gabba Cricket Ground that will increase seating capacity from 42,000 to 50,000. Brisbane Seniors Online have been issued with a directive to vacate the premises by 30 June 2024. This work is related to the upcoming Summer Olympics in Brisbane in 2032.

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