Digital literacy Training program

FOR older adults

 

Do you ever look at your computer and wonder what else it can do for you? Want to feel confident and independent using technology? Do you want to be socially connected online but worried about your privacy and safety? We know how you and many others like you feel, and we have created the right program to meet your needs. Our Digital Literacy Training Program for Older Adults will take you through the basics of computer literacy and provide extra support through our workshops.

What is the Digital Literacy Training Program?

The Digital Literacy Training Program is a free introductory in-person program designed for older adults to provide basic education in digital literacy while equipping you with the tools and skills you need to feel confident using technology. You will be taught basic technical skills and competencies to help you better navigate your social environment so you can stay connected with your loved ones and access health services online.

Benefits of this Program

Through this program, we aim to enhance your ability to function and survive in a world that is increasingly becoming more digital, consequently improving digital inclusion, reducing social isolation among older adults and increasing your confidence and knowledge of the digital environment.

 

 What Will I Learn?

You will learn how to master the basic functions of your phone, tablet and/or computer, computer applications, web browsers, email, and other communication tools.

We will teach you how to identify online scams as well as ways to protect yourself against such threats.

Additionally, you will learn with others in a fun-filled environment with qualified and trained instructors to help build your confidence and knowledge about computers, cellphones and tablets!

Young girl teaching older adult male to use laptop during Digital Literacy Training session
Older Adult woman using mobile phone to practice skills taught during Digital Literacy class

 Program Length

16 WEEKS  

 

Schedule

Tuesday: 1:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Thursday: 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Saturday: 2PM – 4:30 PM (Workshop) 

You are to enroll in either the Tuesday or Thursday class (depending on which time works best for you), in addition to the Saturday class. 

 

Format

In-person at
Great Light Healing Community Services Society 
12057 88 Ave, Surrey, B.C. V3W 3J3
inside our Library

Who Can Participate?
 

Adults, ages 55+.
You do not need to own or bring a computer,
but if you have a laptop it is best to bring it with you as it provides a familiar platform for you to practice on. 

Next Intake:

September 2022

Older Adults on desktop computer during Digital Literacy Training Program class

Hours of Operation

Our community center is open Monday to Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
We are currently closed on weekends and public holidays.

How to Register?

For more information or to register for the next intake, please call the number below
or send us an email:

Call 778-328-7729 

or Email

info@glhcommunityservices.org

Testimonials

“This course helped me increase my working knowledge of the computer world. I learned how to protect my personal digital information from theft. I also learned how to spot digital scams from people who want to trick me out of my money. Furthermore, I learned the difference between how computer applications work and how the internet works. I also learned many shortcuts to improve my efficiency level at my regular job. Praise God for finding and funding this course with such patient, knowledgeable and giving teachers!!” 

(Andre)

“I am happy to recommend the Digital Literacy Program! The teachers are very professional and caring. They fostered a positive environment to explore learning and assisted slower learners one-on-one. We were served a variety of delicious meals by café staff and treated like VIPs. All in all, the class was very enjoyable, and I recommend everyone to take it!” 

(Rosey)

“Glory be to God for our teachers. They were fabulous and very impressive explaining to us with integrity. They made learning for me much easier. This class boosted my confidence and now I can spend less time troubleshooting and more time on productive and revenue-driving tasks. Now I can search faster, better and smarter.” 

(Elly)

“I would like to thank Great Light Healing Community Services Society for equipping me with a solid foundation for using my laptop and my cellphone. The training class has definitely removed a lot of fear and shame and helped with my confidence in using these two very important devices. I now have more  independence and I am no longer having to be totally dependent on my children and wife to assist me all the time.  I am now showing them a few tricks I have learned from  taking this amazing training class. A huge thank you to the facilitators.”
(Orville)

“This Program has helped me to gain greater understanding of computers work. I was able to understand the different ways to send and receive email and store data in the cloud. An eye opener for me was how people use the Internet to hurt others through fraudulent means such as hacking, phishing and other types of Scams. I was very much impacted by it, and now I look for these signs when I receive emails. A big thank you to all the instructors and team for putting this program together.
(Agnes)

“I was in the Digital Literacy class and I learned so much that is helping me with my job as I report monthly for each and every one of my clients. I have to do weekly time sheets and other computer work. It made my job easier and I have become more productive and using safety measures while using the computer. I also learned so much on how to use all the tolls on my phone and many more.” 

(Chantal)

“Before taking the classes I didn’t have a clue about computers or digital technology and would struggle to send emails and texts in a timely manner. Now, I can confidently communicate using my digital device, send emails and enjoy the full benefit of my smartphone without feeling overwhelmed or giving up.” 

(Edwina)

Before enrolling in the program, I lacked the knowledge and confidence to use my smartphone to service my needs, but now I have gained important knowledge about apps, what to download and how to download them. I no longer confuse programs, apps and software. Secondly, I’ve gained more information about Internet security: how to identify fraudulent emails, block them, and how to avoid being scammed. Further, I’ve learned about effective software to use to improve my internet security.”

(Addy)

“Taking this program has allowed me to use so many programs on a computer. Before the classes, I was limited in performing several tasks where I had to go to the public library to use their computer and request their help. Because of this program I now have knowledge and I’m more confident when using a computer. Also, I knew very little about internet security and now I know so much more about protecting myself when I am online. The instructors were amazing, knowledgeable, supportive, and patient with us knowing that we were all at different levels of using a computer.” 

(Dale)

Graduation Ceremony

Participants who successfully complete this program will be invited to the formal graduation ceremony at the end of the program and will receive a certificate of completion.

Digital Literacy Training Program for Older Adults Information Session

In preparation for our Summer/Fall 2022 Semester, we will be holding three exciting and insightful information sessions. If you would like to register for one of these sessions or to learn more about the Digital Literacy Training Program for Older Adults and how it can help you. 

Please email info@glhcommunityservices.org or call 778-328-7729. We look forward to having you join us.

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