This programme was introduced to support our community to learn how to access online services and how to manage these so that they become an effective way of communicating. We know that some services are only going to be able to be accessed online and know that many people still do not have the knowledge or ability to use the online services. The community house is fortunate and grateful to have had some computers donated to allow this service to be provided.
A computer suite has been set up whereby whanau are able to come, have free access to Wi-Fi and internet services and have support on hand when and if needed. The computers have been accessed by our youth who use them to do their homework, access social media & online gaming. It has proven beneficial for our youth if they are not in school and are looking at what options are out there for them. It is a safe and inviting environment.
Our children and grandchildren have been exposed to technology for many years, for some older people though it is just too difficult to navigate systems and processes. We realise that here may be some trust issues with security or confidence in doing things on line but this is the way the world is heading and soon we won’t be able to access anything unless it is online. At the moment some of the services available to us would be: Online Shopping, Internet Banking, Facebook and other social media, Inland Revenue, MSD, WINZ, HNZ, Manage My Health, Fitness Apps and many more. We have recently sent out a poster advertising this service.