Darwin Seniors Computer Club
FAQ

Club History
When and why was the Club founded?
What has happened since?
Club Membership
Who can join?
Is the Club only for seniors?
What are the Benefits of Joining?
When and where does the Club meet?
Club Activities
Cheaper Buying
Computer Training
Emailing and Surfing
The 'Help Desk'
Interest Groups
Making Friends
Meetings
Newsletters
Outings and Activities
Projects
Software
Volunteering
When and why was the Club founded?

The Club was founded in 2001 by Don Smith, to provide a social and teaching venue for seniors and people with disabilities.

From the very beginning, the Club has enjoyed wide community support, with initial sponsors including:

  • The Chief Minister of the Northern Territory, Clare Martin;
  • The Member for Nightcliff, and current Parliamentary Speaker, Jane Aagaard;
  • The Darwin City Council; and
  • Numerous local businesses and citizens.
What has happened since?

Highlights of the Club's activities since its founding have been:

2001: Nightcliff clubroom opened opened;The Club acquired its first home: in the Nightcliff Community Centre.

2002: Stock Market Group;During 2002 and 2003, a number of members met together each week to discuss stock market issues. The group ceased meeting when a key member passed away.

2004: The Lazarus Project founded;The Lazarus Project aims to assist people with disabilities look after their computers. The computer is currently 'on hold' for lack of working space.

2004: Formal courses for beginners commence;Until 2004, computer training was informal. From 2004, a structured course was introduced, complete with comprehensive notes.

2005: The Games Project founded.Playing computer games has been shown to have substantial medical benefits, particularly for older people. The Games Project aims to provide 'games computers' to organizations assisting older people and people with memory issues.

2007: The Digital Divide Reports released.The 'Digital Divide' reports discuss the issues of 'digital inclusion', 'digital poverty' and 'bridging the Digitial Divide'.

2008: Launching of Hubs commences.(February) A campaign to launch Hubs in Darwin City and elsewhere commences.

Who can join?

Anybody of 21 years of age or older, who wishes to:

  • learn about using and enjoying computers;
  • help others learn about, enjoy, and look after their computers; or
  • support the helping of seniors and people with disabilities.
Is the Club only for seniors?

No. The Club was founded, and continues to this day, with the objective of helping all home computer users, regardless of age. It has a special responsibility, however, to pay attention to the needs of seniors and people with disabilities - hence the 'seniors' in its name.

What are the benefits of joining?
  • Computer training: quality training for beginners, intermediate and advanced computer users and owners. Classes are very small and personal (usually just 3-5 students), and cover most of the basics of using and looking after computers.
  • Free advice and technical support: Members can call for help with any computer-related question. How much is this worth? Well, if you check the newspapers, you will see that computer technicians can charge hundreds dollars an hour. So just one call per year to our Help Desk could easily save you the cost of your annual subscription.
  • Friendly Club Room: Come and enjoy a cup of coffee, practice your computer skills, send and receive emails, download software and music, and surf the Web on our fast Internet connection (especially useful for people currently without a computer).
  • Funds-Saver Program: We help you buy cheaper and better – with discounted CD disks, computer parts, technicians’ fees, and (when available) recycled computers at very modest prices.
  • Participation as a Volunteer: You can participate as a volunteer in our many useful and charitable projects – as a fundraiser, teacher, newsletter editor, driver, para-technician in our renowned ‘Lazarus Project’, or in any of many other projects.
When and where does the Club meet?

We meet:

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Cheaper Buying

The Club helps its members buy cheaper and better - with discounted CDs, computer parts, technician's fees, and (when available) recycled computers at very modest prices. Sometimes, the Club can also help with free or discounted software.

Computer Classes and Training

The Club provides a variety of services for members seeking computer training, including:

Emailing and Surfing

At the Club Room, Members can read and send their emails, surf the Internet, and download files and software at broadband speeds.

The 'Help Desk'

The Club's philosophy is all about Club Members helping each other. As a Club Member, you can phone or email the Club with almost any computer-related query, with a reasonable chance of getting at least some useful help.

Interest Groups

Club Members have many diverse interests, from art to zoology, and meet to share their interests with other members. As a Member, you can meet with an existing group, or start your own.

Making Friends

On average, Members make 3.5 new friends at the Club each year. Active Members, who attend meetings regularly and participate as volunteers, can make even more new friends.

Monthly Meetings

The Club holds regular monthly meetings, open to all Members and their guests. These meetings cover a wide variety of topics, including Club news, computer news, and interesting tips and tricks for getting more value from your computer. They are also a great place to meet people and to make new friends.

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Newsletters

The Club publishes ClubTalk, an occasional printed newsletter, and also emails ClubFlash several times a month to Members with email addresses.

Outings and Activities

Occasionally, the Club arranges outings or other events for its Members.

Projects

The Club supports a number of special projects, each of which is in some way related to computers and the needs of seniors and/or people with disabilities.

Currently, the Club has three major projects:

  • The Lazarus Project: helping people with disabilities look after their computers;
  • The Games-for-Health Project: helping people take advantage of the the psychological and physical benefits of playing computer games;
  • The Work-at-Home Project: concerning the issues of using computers and the Internet to work at home for seniors and people with disabilities.
Software

The Club provides collections of useful and interesting software, videos and files for its members on flash drives or CDs.

Volunteering

The Club's central philosophy concerns Members teaching each other, and then sharing what they have learned with others. Volunteering is thus a major part of the Club's activities.

If you are interested in becoming a Club volunteer, please visit our volunteers page.


DSCC Meetings

Monthly meetings are held at the Casuarina Library on the first Saturday of each month (except January) at 2.00pm.

Come along to hear the latest computer news, learn some tricks or ask questions about any computer related subjects.