James Milson Village Empowers Residents with Digital Skills Program

James Milson Village Empowers Residents with Digital Skills Program

April 14, 2024

This month marked the commencement of an exciting initiative at James Milson Village, as residents delved into the world of computers and IT during a 6-week course. Facilitated by IT Lady through their Digital Mentor Program, which is generously funded by the government’s Be Connected grants, the course aims to bridge the digital divide by pairing school-aged students with older Australians to impart essential digital skills.

“We are excited to be able to provide our residents with this valuable opportunity to enhance their digital literacy. In today’s increasingly digital world, acquiring these skills is more important than ever, and we are grateful for the support of IT Lady and the Be Connected grants in making this program possible,” said James Milson Village CEO, Brad Williams.

The inaugural session saw a fantastic turnout, with 15 residents in attendance alongside six Digital Mentor students from North Sydney Boys High School and North Sydney Girls High School.

Among the participants was resident Peter Lawson, who shared his positive experience, saying, “I enjoyed the first class immensely. My Digital Mentor, Madeline, taught me how to delete unwanted apps from my phone, which was incredibly helpful.”

Reflecting on the program’s impact, one student mentor shared, “I never realised how challenging it could be for people who haven’t grown up with technology. Helping others navigate various devices made me realise the significance of my role and the appreciation from those I assist.”

The course not only offers valuable IT skills but also fosters meaningful connections and mutual learning between generations. Residents and students alike are relishing the opportunity to engage and learn from one another, fostering a sense of community and camaraderie.