Building computer confidence

11 August 2014

Rural residents have more confidence using computers after completing South Myall Landcare Group’s Computer Up-Skilling program with support from the New Hope Group.

New Hope provided funding through the New Acland Community Investment Fund to the South Myall Landcare Group to run basic and advanced computer courses for local residents in the Quinalow area.

South Myall Landcare Group Project Coordinator Glenys Bowtell said the workshops were held over six Saturdays at Quinalow State School and facilitated by experienced trainers.

“There was one workshop for the beginners which focussed on how to connect to the internet, set up emails, be safe online and operate basic Microsoft Word and Excel,” she said.

“The more advanced users developed their computer skills further in Word, Publisher and Excel.

“We wanted people to feel like they have the confidence to use computers, and offer computer knowledge where there is nothing available.

“It was also pleasing to see some men come along to the sessions, and one gentleman learned how he could use Excel spreadsheets to help record his cattle and keep track of things like their vaccinations.”

New Acland General Manager Andrew McDonald said he expected the program would be beneficial to community members.

“Being able to confidently use a computer and the internet in this day and age is vital, and as a company we are proud to partner with local organisations to develop long-term outcomes and benefits for the communities surrounding the New Acland Coal Mine,” he said.