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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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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Safer Internet Day 2024

The image is a promotional graphic for Safer Internet Day, indicating that the event is one week away. The text "One week until Safer Internet Day" is prominently displayed at the top in large, bold letters. Below it, the phrase "connect. reflect. protect." is written, encapsulating the goals of the day. The graphic includes a cheerful cartoon character resembling a smartphone with arms and legs, holding a globe, next to the Safer Internet Day 2024 logo. There's also a depiction of a calendar with the date "February 6" clearly shown, alongside an email envelope and a cursor arrow, symbolizing digital communication. A checkmark inside a shield near the calendar hints at the theme of online safety and security. The background is a pleasant gradient of teal, and the overall design is simple yet engaging, conveying the message of staying connected and protected online.

What is Safer Internet Day?

Safer Internet Day

Join the Movement: Support Safer Internet Day 2024

Safer Internet Day is a global initiative to raise awareness of online safety issues.  This year it’s Tuesday 6th February!

The eSafety Commissioner leads the initiative in Australia, in order to educate people about online safety risks, like online abuse, how to be safe online and where to go for help.

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Navigating Post-Holiday Email Clutter

The image shows an overflowing mailbox, crammed with a large stack of various letters, envelopes, and magazines, some of which are visibly bulging out. The mailbox is one of many in a bank of identical metal mailboxes, with visible numbers on the fronts; this one is number 9. The image serves as a metaphor for an email inbox cluttered with a backlog of unread messages, particularly relatable to the surge of correspondence one might experience following a holiday period. The visual emphasizes the overwhelming feeling of facing a large quantity of accumulated mail or messages that need sorting.

Tips to Tidy Up Your Inbox

As we bid adieu to the festive season, many of us are left with more than just fond memories and leftover pudding. Our inboxes are often brimming with a cascade of emails, many of which are unsolicited or promotional, thanks to our online shopping endeavours. It’s time to tackle this digital clutter!

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Online Shopping Smarts

The image features a miniature shopping cart filled with small cardboard boxes labeled "fragile" and "this side up", signifying the delivery of online orders. In front of the cart are two tiny shopping bags, one orange and the other yellow, symbolizing a retail experience. Behind the cart, a laptop screen displays what seems to be a shopping website, suggesting the context of online shopping. This setup is placed against a blurred natural backdrop, likely to focus on the concept of online shopping rather than the environment. The composition of the image highlights the convenience and intricacies of e-commerce, making it a suitable visual for an article discussing online shopping safety.

Smart Online Shopping: Safeguarding Your Accounts and Finances

In the digital age, shopping online has become a staple for many of us. It’s convenient, often more affordable, and offers a world of choices right at our fingertips. However, with this convenience comes the need for vigilance in protecting our online accounts and financial information. Here are some essential tips to help you shop smarter and safer:

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Accessibility

Google Maps Enhances Accessibility with New Features for Users with Disability

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By Laetitia L. Thompson, Senior Digital Content Editor at the Centre for Accessibility, Australia

In a significant move toward enhanced accessibility, Google Maps introduces new features designed to simplify navigation for users with disability. These updates include wheelchair-accessible walking routes and Live View improvements tailored for users who are blind or with low vision. A notable addition is the introduction of an identity attribute label for disabled-owned businesses, represented by a distinctive blue and yellow icon on Maps and Search business pages.

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Embrace the Festive Season with Engaging Holiday Workshops for your Members

A cozy Christmas scene with a beautifully decorated tree covered in snow-like flocking, red ornaments, and pine cones. Next to the tree, a stack of wrapped gifts in brown paper with red ribbons. A rustic wooden fireplace is adorned with evergreen garland, candles, and stockings with red and white stripes hanging in anticipation. A red checkered blanket adds warmth to the scene

As the holiday season approaches, it’s the perfect time for our member clubs to infuse some festive spirit into their activities. Here are some workshop ideas that can add a spark to the lead-up to Christmas:

1. Churches – Live Streaming Christmas Services

In this digital age, bring the joy of Christmas services directly to your members. Host a workshop on live streaming Christmas services from churches around the world. Explore the magic of the Vatican’s grand celebrations or immerse in the serene atmosphere of Canterbury Cathedral. These workshops not only connect members with global holiday traditions but also provide an opportunity to learn and share tips on virtual attendance.

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