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Be Connected is a new, free program for older Australians to help them increase their online confidence and skills, and realise the benefits of going online.

Older Australians can access the program to learn the basics of how to use a digital device, send emails, use Facebook and other social media, shop online, share holiday photos with family, and much more.

Be Connected is a three-year Australian Government initiative offering older Australians free personalised, face-to-face help and support through the Be Connected Network—a large and growing number of community organisations across Australia such as libraries, neighbourhood centres, community clubs, retirement villages, and services supporting older Australians.

Community organisations that join the Be Connected Network will benefit from up to $20 million in small grant funding to help deliver training and support to older Australians.

Along with the personalised help and support, the Be Connected website has a range of information and interactive training tools and resources for older Australians, their families and peers, and local community organisations. Topics covered on the website include learning the basics, avoiding scams, protecting your information online, connecting with friends and family near and far,  and learning how to shop online—and that’s just the start. Older Australians can create their own learning plan on the website and progress at their own pace.

If you, or someone you know, could benefit from a little digital help, make sure you let them know about the program and all the resources available.

For more information on Be Connected, go to www.beconnected.esafety.gov.au.

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