Chorus will work with Switched on Seniors to roll out a peer-to-peer digital literacy skills program using the Be Connected Topic Library and mobile devices for people who are receiving home care services. Program delivery will include training volunteers as digital mentors, providing support to clients initially at home to build confidence and then introducing them to centre-based classes where they will have the opportunity to become part of a social group which embraces digital learning and mutual support with the opportunity in time to help others as new digital mentors.
This increased social connectedness has enormous health benefits of combatting loneliness, depression and social isolation. The opportunity to help others reinforces the learning and improves self-esteem.
The project will commence in the current South West WA region with potential for growth into the greater metropolitan area. This grant approval is conditional on receipt of final supplementary application materials to be provided by Chorus.