Digital Devices grants are one-off $5,000 grants to help fund organisations within the Be Connected Network to loan devices and data to socially isolated or disadvantaged learners over 50. Only Network Partners who are currently providing digital literacy support through an active Building Digital Skills or Capacity Building grant are eligible to apply.
75% of surveyed Be Connected Network have said that some or all of their learners lack devices to use at home, limiting their ability to improve their digital skills, access support services and essential information. We also know that not having access to the internet has severely reduced many Australian’s over 50 ability to stay in touch with friends and family during this time.
Running Be Connected remotely
With the introduction of social distancing laws, Tricia Pye and her digital mentors from The Tec Exec, have found new ways to provide support to Australian’s over 50 through Zoom with 28 participants on their first digital session.
Tricia says “As virtual training specialists, it was a natural transition for us to move to online learning. Our first session on Zoom was was an amazing experience, especially when I saw their initial reaction to joining an online meeting for the first time. They later told me joining an online meeting added to their independence and it was now something they wanted to do and share with their friends and families."