IT support on our doorstep

Brian Oakes, left, is one of 20 tutors who regularly volunteer at SeniorNet Warkworth. He is pictured with Jim Titchener, of Snells Beach.

SeniorNet Warkworth will hold an Open Day at its clubrooms at the Warkworth RSA on Tuesday, January 21, from 2.30pm to 4.30pm.

The day is an opportunity for the general public to learn about the various courses that are offered throughout the year and sign up for a weekly e-newsletter.

Club chair Brian Oakes says hardware changes and regular software updates mean the group’s courses are still very much in demand.

Brian says that while there is still demand for beginners’ courses for people who want to learn the basics of Word, Excel and email, the club programme also includes advanced courses in areas such as Photoshop, video editing, streaming services and managing music files. Talks cover everything from online security to organising a digital legacy.

Brian says that while the group’s name suggests it is for older people, membership is open to all ages.

“It is also a place where people can get advice on buying and upgrading computers and devices, and the weekly help desk can help with minor repairs,” he says.

A topic the club expects to concentrate on next year is the changeover from hard drives to SSDs (solid state drives).

“We’re fortunate to have some real expertise in the club, from a retired computer scientist to a guy who used to set up computer systems for the military.”


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