The circle of tech help from seniors to youngsters

Nathan finds purpose in helping his elder ‘clients’ work out their tech devices, with Karyn from Sawtell.

 

A SERENDIPITOUS outcome has emerged from a tech service where our seniors can play a vital role in the resilience of our community.

Tony Rothacker, the Emerald Beach founder of Youngster.co, has created an innovative program to help seniors with technology by connecting them with tech savvy youngsters.

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Over the last 18 months, Youngster.co has become a vital service provider helping many seniors with QR Codes, Dine & Discover Vouchers and now the vaccination certificates.

“The techie youngsters gain practical experience and learn how to listen, be patient and respectful and to be on-time with their elder ‘clients’,” Tony told News Of The Area.

“Youngster.co addresses youth unemployment.

“The evidence speaks volumes; over 350 youngsters are now helping our seniors across the region.”

Recently, Karyn from Sawtell wrote the following about her experience receiving help from Youngster.co:
“At the moment our life at home is from an age before technology.

“Nathan, from Youngster.co has been so supportive and extremely helpful in bringing me up-to-speed with the systems I have access to here at home.

“Thank you for your patience and for sharing your excellent knowledge with me.

“My world is much brighter for having you show me new life in these dusty buttons that I had hidden in my cupboard.”

Youngster.co offers free tech help sessions through participating libraries across the Mid North Coast or participating aged care providers.

You will find their stand also at the Coffs City Centre markets every Thursday.

Over the month of October, the focus will be on helping seniors with the vaccination certificate.

Tech help sessions are also being offered one-on-one, face-to-face and online for any seniors in lockdown.

Interested seniors needing tech help or youngsters looking for a job can visit the Youngster.co website to find out more or call 02 5625 0064.

 

By Andrea FERRARI

 

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