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Be Connected | Goldfields Library Corporation

Be Connected: Helping older Australians thrive in a digital world be connected

About Be Connected

Be Connected is an Australian Government initiative committed to increasing the confidence, skills and online safety of older Australians. Be Connected aims to empower everyone to use the internet and everyday technology to thrive in our digital world.

Through the Be Connected online resources, Australians will be able to learn the basics of using digital devices and engaging with the internet, including:

  • talking to and seeing family and friends
  • keeping up to date with news and what’s happening around the world 
  • being safer while online 
  • finding new friends who share interests and hobbies
  • connecting with old friends
  • shopping and selling online, safely and securely

This fantastic portal provides free interactive learning activities, training courses, web apps and how-to videos. Goldfields Libraries is registered as a Be Connected network partner.

More information about the Be Connected program can be found on their website: https://beconnected.esafety.gov.au/

 

Who is eligible?

If you are aged 50 and over – you are eligible to be part of our Be Connected program.

 

Digital devices for loan 

We're excited to announce that we now have a number of internet-connected devices (Samsung Galaxy tablets) available for a free 3-month loan.

Our aim is to reach out to socially isolated and disadvantaged Australians over 50 who are currently not connected to the internet at home. We want to empower recipients with digital skills and improve their connection to the community during this challenging time. We'll help you get started, and our trained Digitial Mentors are always on hand for ongoing support and advice.

If you, a family member, or friend aged 50 would benefit from the loan of a device, we would love to hear from you. Let us know how learning to use a device and connecting to the internet would make a difference.

Please email us, or give us a call on 5449 2700.

The next loan period is from 7 December 2020 until 26 February 2021.

 

Upcoming workshops

All about Apple iPhones

We’ll show you how to set up your Apple iPhone safely and customise it to suit your needs, whether you’re new to using an iPhone, or have been using one for a while.

Thursday 8 October, 10-11am

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Goldfields Libraries Online

Join our guided tour of the Goldfields Libraries website and discover a treasure trove of online books and resources for adults and children.

Thursday 15 October, 10-11am

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All about Android phones

We’ll show you how to set up your Andriod smartphone safely and customise it to suit your needs, whether you’re new to using the Android system, or have been using it for a while.

Tuesday 27 October, 2-3pm

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Family History

Learn how to start researching your family history online. With tips and tricks on how to get the most out of the internet, step-by-step guides on beginning your family tree and much more, you'll be your family's ancestry champion in no time! Included is a wonderful free eBook 'Meet Your Ancestors' for all Be Connected registered users.

Thursday 29 October, 10-11am

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Online blogs & journals

Ever wondered what a blog is? Join us to discover how easy it is to get online and share your thoughts. Learn how to start your own blog, choose a topic, write a great post, all while staying safe online.

Friday 30 October, 10-11am

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Contact Us

If you have any questions, need help with getting started on Be Connected or wish to register your interest for future courses please email: beconnected@ncgrl.vic.gov.au