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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Cyber Safety Alert: Beware of myGov Scam Emails 

Logo of myGov, featuring the Australian Government coat of arms on the left, a black geometric arrow symbol in the centre, and the text ‘myGov’ on the right, all set against a light blue background

In recent weeks, we have seen a troubling increase in the number of scam emails claiming to be from myGov landing in inboxes. These emails are becoming increasingly sophisticated and can appear very convincing, posing a significant threat to our cyber safety. 

These scam emails often mimic legitimate myGov communications, making it difficult to distinguish them from the real thing. The scammers behind these emails aim to steal personal information or install malicious software on your device by tricking you into clicking on links or providing sensitive information. If you receive an email that you suspect might be a scam, here are some crucial steps to protect yourself: 

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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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Clubs Forum May 2024

a promotional advertisement for the ASCCA Clubs Forum. It features the ASCCA logo with the tagline "Every Australian online." The event is scheduled for Friday, 10th May 2024 and is described as a "LIVE INTERACTIVE VIDEO CONFERENCE." It displays the time of the event across different Australian time zones: 11:00 AM AWST for Perth, 12:30 PM ACST for Darwin/Adelaide, and 1:00 PM AEST for Sydney/Melbourne/Brisbane/Hobart/Canberra. The forum is set to occur on the second Friday of each month. This session's topic is "Health and Wellbeing Technology." Contact information for ASCCA is provided along with a URL for a registration or information form. The background is a gradient of blue hues, with an icon symbolizing growth or learning in a circular badge on the right side.

We sincerely apologise to those who attended the April Clubs Forum and have been awaiting the promised list of resources to support the topic of Grant Writing. On behalf of our busy President, we regret the delay and assure you that the material is on its way and will be emailed to you soon. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work to provide you with the most helpful information. 

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Cyber Safety

What Are Deepfake and Audio Cloning Scams? 

Deepfake video and audio cloning scams use advanced artificial intelligence technologies to create highly realistic fake videos or audio recordings. These deepfakes can mimic a person’s appearance and voice, making it challenging to distinguish between real and fake content. This technology is increasingly being used by scammers to trick people into believing they are interacting with trusted figures like celebrities, family members, or corporate executives, often leading to financial fraud or data theft. 

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Snail Mail Scams 

a visual advertisement featuring a warning about snail mail scams. On the left side, there's a photo of a senior woman reading a piece of mail with a concerned expression, suggesting she is reading a suspicious or alarming piece of mail. The right side of the image has a geometric design with teal and purple colours and contains text that reads "Beware: Snail Mail Scam Alert! Tips to avoid falling victim to postal scams." The layout is designed to be informative and eye-catching, with a clear message about being cautious with mail that could potentially be a scam. The ASCCA logo is present, indicating that this is a message from the Australian Seniors Computer Clubs Association.

Beware of Snail Mail Scams: Overpriced Business and Domain Renewals 

In today’s digital age, one might assume that traditional ‘snail mail’ no longer poses a significant risk for scams. However, an old scam that still catches businesses off guard involves the mailing of official-looking invoices for the renewal of business names or domain registrations at significantly inflated prices. 

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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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Mother’s Day 

Celebrating Mothers: The Pillars of Our Communities 

a celebratory graphic for Mother's Day, featuring a vibrant bouquet of pink and white tulips tied with a pale pink ribbon on the right side. The background is a simple gray texture. On the left, there's a circular design with the words "Mother's Day" written in a lively, decorative script, surrounded by small green hearts and leaf illustrations. This design effectively combines floral beauty with festive typography to convey a warm and affectionate Mother's Day greeting. 

This Mother’s Day, we take a moment to honour the extraordinary role that mothers and grandmothers play in our lives and communities. More than just a familial bond, the influence of these remarkable women extends through generations, shaping our values, traditions, and the very fabric of society. 

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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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ANZAC Day

SIMPSON AND HIS DONKEY (by Nan Bosler)

"Historical black and white photograph of Pte Simpson and his donkey from the National Archives of Australia. Two soldiers in World War I uniforms stand with a donkey. One soldier is seated on the donkey, while the other stands beside it, both wearing slouch hats and smiles. Rugged terrain and other soldiers in the background indicate a military setting.

While the Anzacs struggled for a foothold on the Gallipoli Peninsula the legend of Simpson and his Donkey was born. Pte John Simpson Kirkpatrick of the 3rd Australian Field Ambulance found a forlorn donkey and called him Duffy. The donkey was docile and he was quickly trained for a new job. 

Simpson worked out that the little donkey could do the work of three stretcher bearers to bring badly wounded soldiers down the precipitous cliff to the casualty clearing station on the beach. Soon they were well known. The two made hundreds of trips up to the front line and back again with some badly wounded digger astride Duffy and supported by the tireless Kirkpatrick. 

About the middle of May Kirkpatrick was killed; he was found with the gentle Duffy standing patiently beside him.

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Amazing New App – Speak to your Plants

Introducing GreenThumb+: The App That Lets Your Plants Speak Their Mind!

This April, ASCCA is excited to unveil a revolutionary breakthrough in gardening technology: GreenThumb+, the app designed to transform your gardening experience by letting your plants communicate their needs directly to you!

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Clubs Forum April 2024

An informative graphic for ASCCA Clubs Forum, a live interactive video conference. The event is scheduled for Friday, 12th April 2024, with time slots across various Australian time zones: 11:00 AM AWST for Perth, 12:30 PM ACST for Darwin, 1:00 PM AEST for Brisbane, 1:30 PM ACDT for Adelaide, and 2:00 PM AEDT for Sydney, Melbourne, Hobart. It occurs on the second Friday of each month. The topic for this session is Grant Writing. Logos include the Australian Government crest, 'Be Connected' initiative, and ASCCA. Contact details provided are an email, office@ascca.org.au, and a Microsoft Forms link. Symbols of a calendar, a clock, and a topic tag punctuate the information.

Maximise Your Club’s Potential: Dive into Grant Writing at Our Upcoming Clubs Forum!

ASCCA Clubs Forum is a monthly gathering designed to enhance your club’s growth and development. This April, we’re focusing on a crucial skill that can significantly benefit your club: grant writing.

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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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