Reducing the digital divide

Laurie O’Connor enjoying the ''Get Online'' activities at Outlook.

By Mitchell Clarke

Over 2.5 million Australians are excluded from the digital world and essentially miss out on all the benefits associated with the internet, from money saving tips, accessing government services or keeping in touch and re-connecting with old friends.

As part of Get Online Week 2019, Outlook Community Centre held an event to encourage the community to get online and active.

Organised by Good Things Foundation, the week aims to help Australians improve their digital skill set and reduce the digital divide.

Over 50 seniors attended Outlook’s event, taking the opportunity to gain information on a variety of ways to connect with the internet.

The many information tables ranged from preparing for emergencies and researching family history while Centrelink showed how to navigate the My Gov website.

Participants were also able to bring in their documents and treasured photos to take advantage of a free scanning service.

If you weren’t able to join the day, or would like to know more about making the most of being online, visit Outlook Community Centre on Toomuc Valley Road, Pakenham.


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