Bridging the Digital Divide
Research by the Australian Digital Inclusion Index (ADII) has found that senior Australians remain digitally excluded for multiple reasons. They may not have access to the right devices, they may have limited digital literacy skills, and they may feel intimidated by technology and the fast-paced changes in the digital world and they may be wary of potential digital scams or cyber threats. This can leave them without access to key tools that make life a whole lot easier in this digital age.
There are a few reasons why digital inclusion is important for seniors. Firstly, the internet provides easy and free access to information on every topic you can think of, from financial assistance to healthcare. It is also a way to retain or regain independence and eliminates the need for physical travel to places like shopping centres and doctors’ offices. Most importantly, it’s a great way to stay socially connected. Technology makes it possible for people to reach out to their community and friends and family, no matter where they live. When you are digitally connected, the world is your oyster!
As a registered social enterprise and not-for-profit, WorkVentures is passionate about connecting senior Australians to the digital world. It is part of our mission to promote social inclusion through technology. We have a holistic approach to tackling digital inclusion.
We don’t just provide affordable devices; we also offer free digital coaching sessions to help you get to know your new device. Our locally based call centre team aims to give you peace of mind every step of the way. From helping you set up your device to assisting you with navigating social media and file sharing, our team is there to lend a helping hand and build confidence and proficiency.
What’s more, when purchasing from WorkVentures, you are also giving back to the community. Our laptop sales help fund our digital inclusion initiatives, as well as our youth employment program, which focuses on finding meaningful employment for disadvantaged young people. Our laptops are refurbished high-quality ex-corporate models, so when you buy from us, you are supporting a circular economy and keeping technology out of landfill. In the unlikely event anything does go wrong with the device in the first 6 months, we will gladly offer you a replacement.
Courtesy Azra Berberovic, WorkVentures