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Coronavirus: Unite against COVID-19

Unite against COVID 19You will know by now that we have has to close the doors to protect our Members. But we still want to help you in any way we can. We have Volunteers waiting to hear from you - see contact details. Connect with us for technical help, advice or just to chat.  About COVID-19: you will have read many articles on the virus and how to protect yourself against it. If you suspect that you may have it you can ring your GP before visiting. Or call Healthline on 0800 358 5453.  Do not listen to rumour and hearsay on Social Networks and elsewhere. For up to date information visit this NZ Government web page: https://covid19.govt.nz/ Call a Volunteer if you just want to say hello to a friendly person of your own age. Kindness Rules! 
19th March 2020

Nelson Connects Expo - we Connected

A group of SeniorNet Nelson Volunteers made many connections onMary Rod Volunteer Expo March 2020
Saturday 7th March to showcase our work.  
We were at the Volunteer Expo at Annesbrook Church along with another 30 community organisations to tell the public all about the work we do and ways that they can get involved.
We always need more volunteers to help us help our older community.
This event has put us in touch with a lot of engaging people and that will raise our profile in the community. We also met a number of interesting people who may want to Connect with us, which is very good news. Thank you to our Volunteers who all enjoyed the day. 

Made by Menz - just for us!

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When you need something made, just ask some busy Menz.

Right up until November 2019 we were able to share the use of the lectern belonging to the Tasman Club who rented our Hall each month. We appreciate this and are grateful for all those years and also we are very sorry to have lost them as renters of our Hall.

Of course we missed their lectern too!
We certainly need a reading stand that is sturdy, functional and adjustable... and also affordable.
We are famous for our thrift and creative solutions - the good gear for the best price.

The Menz Shed Nelson/Whakatu have come to the party by making the lectern you see in the picture for the cost of the materials. How good is that? It is sturdy, functional and adjustable, and made just for us. Thank you Menz Shed! We really appreciate your kindness.
The Menz Shed is a community men's shed that aims to be a fully equipped workshop where men share their skills, work together on community and personal projects, and share time with other men. They welcome enquiries.

SeniorNet Nelson is now ready for another exciting year with everything we need at our fingertips.

Thank you to Rod Lewis of Menz Shed Waimea for liasing with Nelson-Whakatu MENZSHED.

 

Presentation to DIG (Digital Imagery Group)

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Chairperson Shirley Winter-Lowe and Committee Member John Watt surprised the Digital Imagery Group with a Presentation on Friday 29th November at the start of the last DIG meeting of the year. They arrived as emissaries of Management Committee and on behalf of all Members of SeniorNet Nelson to express our thanks for their work. This exemplary Interest Group is the most-attended Group and the most active due to its excellent team of organisers and the energetic engagement of its Members. The production of a beautiful Calendar for 2020 which sold out in a few weeks was a major highlight and an amazing Fundraiser for SeniorNet Nelson. Framed images from the Calendar were presented to the Group by Shirley and John and the gift was well-received. You will see the display on the wall of the Hall next time you visit. Of course, if you got in early enough to buy a Calendar you will also enjoy those outstanding photographs by DIG Members all year round in 2020. 

Podcast People

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Many Members of SeniorNet Nelson are fans of podcasts - those digital audio files available on the Internet that we can listen to on any of our devices at any time we like. It is great to be able to catch up on missed episodes if you are listening to something in instalments. And there is a wealth of entertainment at our eartips. The range of topics and the knowlege that we can easily access in podcast form is inexhaustible.
If you need help getting started with podcasts come along to SeniorNet and we will point you in the right direction. It is a lot of fun!

SeniorNet Nelson’s Media Group scored a first this month by creating their own podcast. Convenors Roger Pittman and Hilary Carpenter interviewed a group of volunteers on 27th November 2019 about their views on our organisation. They edited the results to produce this six minute item. If you’re curious about the work of our volunteers, give it a listen by clicking this link. Who knows, it may lead to other podcasts in the future!
Photo: Hilary Carpenter and Roger Pittman at work on the Podcast.

 

A Great Escape for Volunteers

20191107 72On 7th November 2019, SeniorNet Nelson hosted many of our Volunteers at a luncheon held at the Grape Escape in Richmond. This informal and fun occasion was a "Thank You" for all those hundreds of Volunteer hours that are donated year after year by so many Members. Thanks also go to those who were unable to join us on the day - your work is invaluable and is absolutely vital. 
The day was sunny, the atmosphere was pleasant, the company enjoyable and the food was absolutely delicious. Everyone reported having had a great time.
Thank you to David Wayne for the images in our Gallery.

If you have your own pictures of the day and would like to share them please send them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 Grant Sidaway's final Presentation

Grant Sidaway Presentation September 2019 400 xOn 9th September Grant Sidaway gave us his final Presentation entitled "What's the Point?"  A good crowd turned out to hear this gifted speaker who never fails to inform and entertain.
Grant is retiring as CEO of the Federation of SeniorNet Societies and we wish him well.

Always inspirational, Grant's talk reminded us how important it is keep up with technology - to grow, thrive, enjoy lifetime learning and have fun along the way.

With skill and humour Grant showed us such things as how the internet is being used today.
We saw some of the endless possibilities of using robots and amazing 3D printing. He went on to give examples of wearable technology and demonstrated how to handle the “Hey Google” command on a phone for helpful or hilarious results.

Many members joined Grant for afternoon tea after the presentation to acknowledge all his work for the SeniorNet Federation over the years.
Thank you Grant, we will miss you greatly. 

Farewell visit by Grant Sidaway on 9th September
Grant SidawaySeniorNet Nelson is looking forward to hosting Grant Sidaway on 9th September, 2019 for a final Presentation entitled "What's the Point?"
Grant is retiring as CEO of the Federation of SeniorNet Societies of NZ at the end of this year and is making his farewell visit to the region.
Our Members always enjoy attending talks by Grant who is a gifted and charismatic speaker with a wealth of information to share.

Mark your diary for Grant's presentation at 2pm on 9th September in the Hall.

Join us afterwards for afternoon tea and to wish Grant well. He will be very much missed.

 

 The title of Grant's talk will be “What’s the Point?”
it will include:

  • Reasons for older people to keep learning new things
  • How the internet is being used today
  • Wearable technology
  • Smart Speakers
  • Arrival of 5G networks

 

"Awesome people" - that's us!
AgeConnect Awards 2019SeniorNet Nelson was a finalist in the "Creating Connections" category of AgeConnect Nelson Tasman Champion Awards last week. We were delighted to receive a certificate and some warm congratulations.
Co-ordinator Breffni O'Rourke says "These people do something really special for the older members of our community by helping them stay better connected and less lonely. They are awesome people."

We enjoy connecting our Members with friends, family and the world through digital devices using modern tools and making sharing simple. AgeConnect is a great organisation to support.
Pictured with some of the other finalists at the Awards ceremony are Committee Members Hilary Carpenter and Peter Thompson. Photograph courtesy of AgeConnect. 

Good News story of July

Our Systems Administrator, Trevor Hunter reports: "TPC for Refugee Serviceshe old Vista computer, recently used as the Learning Centre Timetable display, was decommissioned. It was then reformatted, updated to Windows 10, added to with various donated parts, some from my old spares box, some from friends, and donated through our Webmaster to Red Cross Nelson, to be allocated to a refugee family new to Nelson. Due to privacy laws we are not privy to the recipient details."

Red Cross Refugee Services Volunteer Programme Lead, Megan Riddell, told us that they have several families who would really appreciate this resource and that they will carefully choose the most needy.