Dorothy Skee (left) from Lennox Head, and Phyllis Thompson from Goonellabah, at the Broadband for Seniors class run by Gary Garbutt at the Lismore Neighbourhood Centre.
Dorothy Skee (left) from Lennox Head, and Phyllis Thompson from Goonellabah, at the Broadband for Seniors class run by Gary Garbutt at the Lismore Neighbourhood Centre. Cathy Adams

Seniors amazed by their computers

FOR two years Phyllis Thomson had a computer at home but didn’t know how to use it.

“My son gave it to me but I never had the confidence to use it,” the Lismore woman said.

“Now I’m sending emails to the family, looking at photos they’ve posted online and I’ve recently discovered Google Earth. It’s like a miracle.”

Her new skills are all thanks to the Broadband for Seniors program being run at the Lismore Neighbourhood Centre. The $15 million program is funded by the Federal Government.

The neighbourhood centre provides state-of-the-art computers and an expert, Gary Garbutt, to help people unravel the mysteries of the web.

“It’s so rewarding to see clients gain confidence as they learn how to navigate their way around the computer and the internet,” he said.

Dorothy Skee has been taking lessons from Mr Garbutt for a couple of months.

“I recently went on the RTA website to see how local roadworks are progressing. I would never have thought to do that before,” she said.

“In fact, I’ve learnt so much at the kiosk with Gary, I decided to go out and buy my own laptop.”

Broadband for Seniors is free, but donations are appreciated.

Phone the Lismore Neighbourhood Centre on 6621 7397.



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