Adult Computer Literacy

The Panthers on the Prowl Adult Computer Literacy Classes are weekly computer and information technology lessons aimed at adults in the community that have little or no computer skills and would like to develop their confidence with technology.

Classes run for 2 hours weekly over a 20 week period and are run at no cost to participants. The lessons are aimed at the basic beginner level with the goal of building skills and confidence across a range of computer programs and devices. The classes are delivered with an adult education focus and are structured in a way that participants can build on learnt skills and experiences in order to achieve success and gain confidence.

One of the main benefits of this course is the interaction adults get with other members of the community. As well as developing their computer skills, many strong friendships have also developed throughout the course of the program that participants maintain and continue to learn with. This element of the program is significant as research shows a strong correlation between social interaction and well-being for older adults. Social relationships are consistently associated with positive biomarkers of health while social isolation constitutes a significant risk factor for morbidity and mortality in older adults

Members of the computer classes come from a broad spectrum of the community. Many of the adults undertaking the course start with negative or fearful attitudes towards using computers. Many indicate that they have felt ‘left behind’ when it comes to using and understanding computers. Some of the participants have undertaken computer courses with other organisations only to find them too advanced and overwhelming.

The Panthers on the Prowl – Adult Computer Literacy Classes are coordinated and administered by Mr Brogan Mulhall. For more information feel free to contact Brogan on (02) 4725 6434 or the General Manager of Panthers on the Prowl, Brad Waugh (02) 4725 6420.