SeniorNet Rotorua supports and motivates people aged over 55 to take advantage of technology. Senior citizens have more to gain by using technology and the internet for everyday transactions than younger people who are more mobile and often advantaged by having contact with others through work, school or sport. We provide help with all types of devices, including personal computers, laptops, smartphones, tablet and smart TVs.
We have our own training room, computers, printers and broadband for internet access. Members are encouraged to bring their own devices where appropriate.
We offer many different types of learning environments, including casual “drop in” sessions at the Rotorua Library, monthly workshops, structured classes, and our monthly members forum. We also provide speakers who visit retirement homes for small groups who require some coaching with their tablets or smartphones.
Our structured sessions range from basic courses for beginners to more specialist classes on diverse subjects such as the Google apps, photobooks, desktop publishing, Trademe, Facebook and genealogy. We can also provide information on the various gadgets which appear from time to time.
Our structured classes are scheduled around the demand generated by our members. Members can request a session on anything they may feel might help them with any particular piece of technology. We have a monthly newsletter where members are advised how to make such requests. If people respond in sufficient numbers to form a viable group we will schedule an appropriate time and venue and a tutor.
When this is in place the class will be scheduled and advertised for anyone who wishes to register
Our friendly members forums on the second Wednesday of each month enable you to get more information, enjoy a visiting speaker or learn about the latest technology. When the formal part of the meeting is over there is plenty of time to have a cup of tea and a chat with other members. Many minor technological mysteries are resolved in these informal sessions.