CONTRIBUTED BY BRISBANE SENIORS ONLINE
Brisbane Seniors Online (BSOL) is a not-for-profit community group that has been helping seniors and over 50s with computers, emerging technology and the internet in the greater Brisbane area for 20 years.
Assistance is provided by unpaid volunteer mentors who offer tutoring in the learner’s own home on their device at a pace that suits the learner. Students are taught what they need to know along with what they would like to know. BSOL believes that home tuition is more conducive to confident learning.
The organisation can also assist learners in identifying and avoiding scams and cybercrimes that have flourished during the pandemic when people have been confined to their homes. Learners are also taught how to ensure their computer is secure and protected from viruses and malware and learn how to undertake more tasks that are now required to be done online.
Volunteer mentoring can be a rewarding experience and assists mentors to improve their existing knowledge and skills. Brisbane Seniors Online teaches students to use Windows, Apple, android and smartphones. There is a small Linux group that operates by Zoom.
A digital photography group also meets in the Brisbane CBD and participates in photographic excursions.
New learners, as well as volunteer mentors, are currently being sought in the bayside area. Volunteer mentors joining BSOL are offered a formal induction and ongoing support through the Mentor Support group. Upskilling and training of mentors is provided from time to time.
For more information, contact Brisbane Seniors Online at 3393 2225 or see www.bsol.asn.au. Further information can be accessed through Facebook.com/BrisbaneSeniorsOnline.