As part of the Be Connected program, there is a range of grants available to community organisations in the Be Connected network to support older people in their communities to embrace digital. There are three different kinds of grants available to Be Connected partners: Activation grants, Building Digital Skills grants and Capacity Building grants.
You will now be called a Kiosk Partner and you can expect a phone call from us soon. We value your expertise and experience of supporting Older Australians from being a member of the BfS Network and we’d like to work with you in the future and are therefore calling to invite you to become a partner of the Be Connected Network.
Each partner will have a new unique ID to use when registering learners onto the Be Connected learning platform.
We’ll be providing a range of support materials to help organisations use the learning platform, deliver sessions and to support the running of their organisations. Resources will help you support people to become independent internet users. Other resources will cover how you can access new funding opportunities, working with new partners and recruit and support volunteers.
We’ll expect each individual organisation to oversee their own volunteer recruitment and retention. However, as part of the network, we’ll provide you with support to find, manage and support your volunteers in the form of resources and training.
Members of the Network will be asked to share basic information concerning their digital inclusion activities and support given. We are currently working with the DSS to determine reporting requirements for Good Things Foundation and members of our Network.
Our current practice is only to collect information when absolutely necessary, and to use digital tools to facilitate data collection in the most efficient way possible - we will use this same approach for our work with the Be Connected programme.
The teaching syllabus is being created by the Office of the eSafety Commissioner, who are developing a fantastic learning platform - also called Be Connected, that will be launched in October. We’re working closely with them to develop interactive learning content, based on our UK learning platform, Learn My Way (www.learnmyway.com). Learning content will cover everything from the basics like using a mouse and keyboard, using email and searching the web to more advanced internet skills like using social media and shopping online.