|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:
|What has happened since?|
Highlights of the Club's activities since its founding have been:
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:
|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?|
|When and where does the Club meet?|
Please visit the links for full details.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Club provides collections of useful and interesting software, videos and files for its members on flash drives or CDs.
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.