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Now is the time to get online and get connected (National Get Online Week)

Silver Top dance session instructors, Sarah Cook and Dr Richard Mayes.

Local residents in Mount Alexander Shire can sign up to a range of free events to make the most of being connected as part of Get Online Week this October.

Friday 16 October 2020

Local residents in Mount Alexander Shire can sign up to a range of free events to make the most of being connected as part of Get Online Week this October.

Get Online Week runs from 19 to 25 October and is the perfect excuse to try or learn something new or make new friends online.
A local Be Connected network developed the program which is designed to help everybody get free and friendly help on how to do things online and stay connected with other people.

The mix of ‘how to’ events throughout the week will show you how to stay safe online, test your knowledge in a trivia quiz, and enjoy things like shopping, music, travel, social networking and healthy ageing activities from the comfort of your own home.

Activities include:

- How to buy and sell household items online
- Learning how to use Zoom
- Great Get Online Week Quiz
- Armchair travel sessions
- Livestreaming radio to listen online
- Staying safe online
- Connecting to others using video, and a
- Silver Top dance session for all ages and fitness levels.

The Get Online Week digital inclusion campaign is organised by Good Things Foundation Australia, which manages a network of Be Connected community partners across the country.

The local Be Connected network includes Castlemaine Community House, Maldon Neighbourhood Centre, Castlemaine Library and Mount Alexander Shire Council who run digital inclusion and mentoring activities to support the community throughout the year.

The idea to form a local network came out of the Community Activation and Social Isolation (CASI) initiative, funded by the Victorian Government’s Department of Health and Human Services, which supports people who are feeling isolated during the coronavirus pandemic.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for everyone to have access to digital skills and technology to maintain their safety and wellbeing, and participate in day-to-day activities such as access to health services, paying bills, online shopping and social activities,” said Melissa Fowler, CASI Community Connector, Mount Alexander Shire Council.

“Many of our individual programs have been affected by social distancing and pandemic restrictions so we have joined forces to design a practical support program to help everyone improve their wellbeing, and connect to family and friends in a safe way using the internet during this challenging time. This is our first joint initiative and we want to let people know we are here to help,” she said.

Pick up your free program from the Civic Centre, Castlemaine Library, Castlemaine Visitor Information Centres, Maldon Neighbourhood Centre and Castlemaine Community House, or download the program here.

For more information or help in registering for an event contact Mount Alexander Shire Be Connected Get Online Week on 0402 934 042. For more information about the national campaign visit www.getonlineweek.com.

Image: Silver top dance session instructors, 'Dancing Doctor', Dr Richard Mayes, and Sas (Sarah) Cook.

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