By: Seniornet Nelson  05-Apr-2012

Have you ever wondered why so many volunteers spend hours and hours every week working for SeniorNet?

Here's why: we like helping people to make the most of their computers, and we are rewarded by the excellent  progress members make when they are prepared to practise.  Then there is the odd accolade - that's really nice too.

It's the icing on the cake..

We are happy to share some comments with you...

       'I have been most impressed with the organisation, function

      and performance of SeniorNet. The knowledge, ability to

      impart, friendship and enthusiasm of the tutors I have had

      experience with is quite remarkable, considering this is an

      unpaid, voluntary organisation. This question has crossed my 

      mind: Who needs a competitive model to promote efficiency

      when we see SeniorNet in operation!'    

Earle Norriss

“My previous computer experience was on a trial and error basis interacting
with the computer as though it was a mysterious black box.
When I got into difficulty there was sometimes a family member around
to help me. If not, I had to wait for one.

Hence the SeniorNet courses have been wonderful as I have learnt about
computer processes in an orderly way and have filled in the vast gaps in my
knowledge as well as learning some new tricks.
The course manuals are a great resource and I often refer back to them e.g. when
making a text box.
I now do the publicity for a prominent Community Group and I am putting my newly
learnt skills into action: such things as sending emails with attachments, putting event
details onto websites and designing posters. I can even load and send photos now so feel
very pleased with myself.
I like the people involved with SeniorNet too as they are a dynamic lot with lots of
other interests. They are a good inspiration to me when I see what they can
achieve on computers.”    J.W.

From a prominent I.T. professional

“Congratulations on the launch of your new web site.    It’s a great site – clean,
clear and uncluttered.   It’s really professional.  You have learned a huge amount
about web building in a short time – I’m very impressed and I think it’s excellent.”

From course participants

"Thanks, tutor team!  You’ve been such a wonderful team; knowledgeable, patient
and fun and all on a voluntary basis...we’re so lucky! It’s been great learning so
many really useful new skills; thank you! " 

"To-day was excellent - informative, interesting and ending with such fun!
Txs for your patience & expertise - & also thanks to the other tutors for the support & assistance."

"Hello Trevor
I’m a newish member and have just received your newsletter. I’d like to say how impressed I am
with it, the services offered by Senior Net, and the level of communication with the members.
A great advert for the skills we hope to obtain!  Thank you for your part in this."

"...I hope to enrol in more courses soon...thank you to all you volunteers who give us "wrinklies"
confidence to join the I.T. Revolution".

Other news and updates from Seniornet Nelson


SeniorNet Federation News

There is no direct funding from NZTA to run these courses but the resources can be used free of charge if charges for Staying Safe workshops are for your time, the venue, refreshments, photocopying etc, and not for profit. The Federation will be working on the recommendations detailed in the report but overall we can all be proud of the findings in particular the high value that communities place on the work done at our Learning Centres.


Events and News

Club Day is your chance to acquire, offer for sale, give away or exchange any digital hardware that may be cluttering up your home. A table will be placed in the hall along the sliding door to the Athletic rooms for the display of items. Selling will be suspended by 1.55pm so that everyone is ready to start the meeting at 2pm. Wednesday 18th April at 2 p.m. is the date of the next Club Monthly Meeting.


Help and practice sessions

The next Help Session, because Easter Friday is a Holiday, has been rescheduledto Friday 30th March in the Hall from 2.30pm until 4.30pm The following one is on 20th April. It is also an opportunity to practise your computer skills on the Learning Centre's computers. Help and Practice is from 2.30 to 4.30 p.m. on the first and third Friday of the month. It's a FREE problem-solving and practice session for current financial members.