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Adult Tech Workshops

ONLINE EXPERIENCE & TECH WORKSHOPS FOR NON-TECHY ADULTS

Do you struggle with using your phone or online services efficiently and effectively? You are not alone. 

Adults are not digital natives and are often overlooked for technology support. TenForward is now offering a variety of community workshops on topics that adults find frustrating and need help with, such as how to update apps on your phone, how to get emails on your phone, how to communicate with your grandchildren via apps, how to check the bus times and use Google maps to plan a trip on public transport for free with your Gold Card, and how to sell things on Trademe, how to order a taxi or food using Uber, and even how to set up a good online dating profile!

Using new technology and the internet is something that is a recreational need for everyone in the community, but is a learning curve somewhat more difficult for older adults. These workshops are not a full educational course, but more of a casual drop-in session on relevant online topics so people can learn the next step in whatever their diverse interest is, and learn some new online life skills.

Below is our schedule.  You can book in using this easy form, or you can email belinda@tenforward.co.nz. The first 100 people to book into any course get a free ticket, thanks to the Orakei Local Board! (limit: one free ticket per person).  Ticket price for additional workshops you choose to attend is $20.

 

 

USE GOOGLE MAPS FOR PUBLIC TRANSPORT 

When people say "just Google Maps it", do you get anxiety? Come along to our beginners guide to using maps apps on your phone to help you plan your journey, find destinations, figure out the best route, determine journey length and more.

Did you know that Seniors get free public transport with a Gold Card? Let's plan a journey and check bus times, where the stops are, how long it takes and so on.

This course is ideal for anyone of any age who is struggling to use a phone to get around. Let those in your community know, as we want to help people live better lives using technology.

 

HOW TO WRITE A BUSINESS PLAN 

So you’ve got a great idea to start a little business of your own. You need a business plan. This workshop goes through the steps for writing a business plan, and the type of information needed for each step.

 

HOW TO USE SOCIAL MEDIA TO KEEP IN TOUCH WITH YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS 

Are you unsure how to send multiple photos in your messaging app at once?
Do you know the difference between Messenger and Messages and iMessage? Argh!
Do you wonder how to send a group text?
Do you know how to mute annoying notifications?
Can you see your text or is it too small?
Having trouble updating apps that don't work properly?

Come along to our beginners guide to using social media apps on your phone and bring all your questions and problems for us to help you.

We know it can be difficult to keep asking your family or even your grandchildren to help you use your phone properly, so let us be your support!

This course is ideal for anyone of any age who is struggling to use a phone. Let those in your community know, as we want to help people live better lives using technology. The workshop is repeated several times.

 

HOW TO CREATE A GOOD LINKEDIN PROFILE 

Are you looking for work or networking opportunities, but you don't have a very good LinkedIn profile? It's like an electronic business card that anyone can look up before they decide to do business with you or interview you. Come to our free workshop and get some tips to help improve your professional profile and get you seen.

Make sure you know your LinkedIn login and use our laptops to work on your profile as we go through the workshop. Or bring your own laptop/phone/ipad and use our wifi.

This session is repeated several times. You only need to come to one session, but you are welcome to come again if you need more help!

ONLINE DATING 101 

Newly single? Online dating is the way people of any age meet these days! There’s no shame in online dating any more. This workshop teaches how to make a good profile, how to take decent profile pictures, what to write in your profile, how to ask someone out for a coffee date - then book it into your phone calendar.  We will also do some practice speed dating to help your communication skills and confidence.  This is like a LinkedIn profile review of your personal profile to make sure you are showcasing yourself positively.

 

HOW TO SELL STUFF ON TRADEME OR FACEBOOK MARKETPLACE

You've watched Marie Kondo and you've sorted out everything that doesn't spark joy, but it's too good to throw out. Sell it! TradeMe and the Facebook Marketplace are easy places to turn your clutter into cash AND space in your house!

Come along to our beginners guide to selling online, and see how easy it is to use your phone to take pictures, write a description, enter a price - and have your item listed for sale in minutes.

We also cover how to figure out a price for things, how to sell in Facebook Groups, how to deal with questions from prospective buyers, and more.

The workshop is repeated several times, and you only need to come to one, but you are welcome to attend others if you have more questions.

 

MAKING THE MOST OF LOYALTY POINTS 

Airpoints, Flybuys, SmartFuel Discounts - everywhere offers deals, but how do you make the most of them? This workshop cover a range of hints and tips to maximise your loyalty savings so you get more free perks!

 

HOW TO ORDER FOOD ON UBER EATS, GET A TAXI WITH UBER, BOOK A HOTEL ON EXPEDIA 

This workshop teaches how these apps (and more) help make your life easier!

 

BASIC YOUTUBE 101 

You've heard of YouTubers making money from their channels, and you love taking videos on your phone?! Let's learn how to make a YouTube Channel, how you upload videos straight from your phone with some basic editing, and presentation skills for delivering good content.

KNITTING/CROCHET WORKSHOP - MAKE A PLASTIC BAG BAG

Make yourself the greatest sustainable bag of all time, using plastic bags!

The white and grey bag is made from 35 supermarket bags!
The stripy pink bag is made from 55 coloured plastic bags!
All those bags are saved from landfill or the ocean...

Belinda Hope of Blendy Knits will take you through the steps to create PLARN (PLastic yARN) from your plastic bags. Then you can start making a bag from various design options, in your choice of knit or crochet (you must already know how to do basic stitches in one of these crafts).

What you need to bring:
- Some plastic bags. These can be soft plastic supermarket bags, or thicker plastic bags, or even old video tapes if you're Marie Kondo-ing and found a bunch (they'll be perfect).
- scissors
- a large crochet hook or knitting needles (approx 6-7mm) or you can buy them for $5 in the workshop

You can attend one workshop for free thanks to the Auckland Council Creative Communities Scheme, so come along and have a fun crafty time! Any additional workshops you decide to attend are $20 each.

We can run workshops on other dates and times that suit your group - email belinda@tenforward.co.nz