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National Peak Body Empowering Australian Seniors Through Technology

NEWSLETTER August 2022
Vol 24  No 07
ISSN 1446-862X Electronic

Inside this Issue

  • Welcome back Member Club

  • Competitions Update

  • Jean's Training

  • Clubs Forum Details

  • Scott's Accessibility Update

  • ASCCA Member Survey


  • Brett's Scam Watch

  • Alex's Tech Tips

  • Nan's News

  • Other News

  • Open Grants for Clubs 

  • Adult Learners Week

  • Connecting Up Survey

G'day from WA!

Greetings from a chilly 7° in Walpole!
The most important announcement ASCCA makes today is that we will hold a
Special General Meeting on
Friday 2nd September 2022 at
12noon AEST via Zoom to 
present, debate, accept and adopt an amendment to our Constitution relating to Membership in order that our scheduled Annual General Meeting will draw nominees from further afield than the constraints of the current Constitution have previously allowed.
Please indicate delegates from affiliated Clubs who are able to attend, by registering using this link, with name and Club details, and a Zoom link will be forwarded by return.
It will be a short, sharp meeting, but a most important one that will allow ASCCA to more fully undertake its Peak Body commitments moving forward.
The proposed amended Constitution will be uploaded to the ASCCA website in a day or two.

NSW Seniors Festival for 2023

We’re pleased to note the dates have been announced :  1 – 12 February, 2023
Check out their website for news, events, grants, etc
We’ve had several enquiries as to where the Resources have gone now that ASCCA has a new website.  Well, those Resources that are current and relevant will be found on the website under the Clubs --> Resources tabs in the menu; or you can click here to take you straight there!
accessibility for all abilities
While the others are being reviewed to ensure accessibility before being uploaded and available again.  With the launch of the new website, ASCCA committed to having all material in an accessible format – and it takes some time to go through the archives and amend same to be compliant.  
Should any old tutorials be required in the meantime, please let us know and we can email same directly to you in the interim.  For outdated tutorials from old, they will be found in a sub-category area named Archives.  
This is a work in progress – we will get there!
So, until next time… 
There’s a lot going on and coming up!

Warm regards, 

Jennifer Willcox

Australian Seniors Computer Clubs Association
Main Contact: 0434 857 222
P: 08 9840 1153  |   M: 0400 50 40 95
E:  | 
ASCCA and SWADE logos and the charitable tick icon
Australian, Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander flags
ASCCA respectfully acknowledges the traditional custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders’ continuing connection to land and water.   We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.

Welcome Back

A very warm welcome is extended to recently re-joined Club: 

Ravensthorpe Community Resource Centre

Check them out - they're in Ravensthorpe WA

We sincerely trust you and your members will gain much from being an ASCCA member.

Competitions Update

ASCCA Competitions banner

Each year ASCCA holds a series of competitions to encourage projects that inspire and encourage all of our members to try to use new and emerging technologies in fun, creative and expressive ways! 

We have three categories for our Annual Competitions for 2022, the ever-popular Photography competition, Creative Writing and the brand new, Multimedia Journals.

The MultiMedia journal competition has now closed - we received eighteen entries, which are currently being judged.

The creative writing competition opens this week, and we are very much looking forward to reading your amazing stories - send them in before August 16th.

The guidelines and entry form details are below.

Creative Writing Competition 2022 
Entries OPEN 2nd August and close at midnight on 16th August 2022.
Read more

Digital Photography Competition 2022 
Entries open 15th September and close at midnight on 30th September 2022.
Read more

NOW CLOSED - Multimedia Competition 2022
Entries CLOSED

Susan Jensen
Secretary and Competitions Co-ordinator

2022 Competitions Details


Calendar icon
Have you checked out what's coming up on our online calendar lately?   
You can navigate directly to the Events Tab in the menu to find it on our website! 
The link on the icon here will take you directly to the Calendar - or you can click on the text above!

Training Dates

Jean Martin
ASCCA is now calling for expressions-of-interest in August's on-line classes, designed for seniors. Please click here to complete the online form and submit your requested topic/s. A confirmation of your place and more details about the class/es will be sent nearer the dates. 

You can find all details using the link in the button below.
This month's topics include Google Photos and Online Games.
Read more
Our current (Be Connected Capacity Building) project is winding up over August, we have managed to train and support another 46 Digital Mentors and introduce ASCCA to another 30 groups and organisations over the course of our Round 7 Capacity Building project.  

There are a number of sessions open for anyone who's interested to learn more about Be Connected, as we wait to hear if our Round 8 application has been successful - this time we will be working with the AMAGA WA team to introduce ASCCA and Be Connected to their members. There will still be spaces for ASCCA Clubs (Australia wide!) too - so if you're interested, please ask us!    Places for half hour group info sessions can be booked using this link.  These are open at various dates and times throughout August.  

If you have participated in Digital Mentor training under this round, we will be opening up a number of sessions for finalising the support component of this project over the course of August too, you can book a spot from our SWADE page on the website.  
Don't forget that the Get Online Week Grants are now open, these grants will help clubs to host an event or a series of events during Get Online Week which may help draw in potential new members and help in our rebuilding phase. 
Apply here

ASCCA Clubs Forum via Zoom

ASCCA Zoom meeting
Don't miss out on an hour of networking with other clubs and hearing about the latest and greatest tech updates from Alex! 

What's on at the Club's Forum?!

ASCCA’s August Clubs Forum via Zoom will focus on ....

  • Melissa Simmons and Kay Harris from Life Time Line 
  • NBN Plans - new peak and off peak times and unmetered streaming for satellite customers
  • Tech Updates
  • General Q & A time

Topic: ASCCA August [Zoom Main Meeting]
Time: August 12th, 2022 01:00 PM Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

Monthly on the second Friday of each month 

Don't forget to register online to attend each month.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Click here to Register to attend our next Zoom Meeting


Scott's Accessibility Update

Dr Scott Hollier

Remote meetings and video calls seem to be the norm in our post pandemic lives, but which ones are taking the W3C recommendations on accessibility on in earnest?

Remote meetings are something that have become a major part of everything we do. During COVID-19, using tools like Zoom, Teams or Google Meet have not only been useful, but essential for many of us keeping in touch with family, the grandkids and our social groups like ASCCA clubs.

Recently the international group that produces accessibility guidance, the W3C, has published information on how best to make meetings accessible for groups such as seniors with disability. I’m particularly happy to see this release as I was the lead architect of the note so its great to have the information out there. The note has a lot of information in it, but click the read more button below to check out some of my favourite tips.

Read more

Brett's Scam Watch

Brett Levy

Cold Calls to save you money, how you can listen out for red flags if you get one...

There is a really clever scam around at the moment, this one is designed to potentially save you money – it is still concerning! 

I know you are saying hold on Brett – if it saves you money why is it a scam...

Click through to read more about how this scam works ...

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Alex's Tech Tips

 Tech news, money-saving tips and analysis

August is upon us at last, and in the months ahead, not only does Christmas loom, but plenty of new tech, too. Android 13 will also arrive, as will Google's Pixel 7 models, the fourth generation of Samsung's foldable phones are due later this month, and the security patches will continue being updated. 

One thing is for certain - inflation is here.

This inflation has seen Meta, formerly known as Facebook, increase the price of its Meta Quest 2 virtual reality headset by US$100, something that is the opposite of what we've seen for existing technology products which normally fall in price. 

This will presumably translate into higher prices for iPhones, laptops and other consumer electronics and white goods, which will follow the price rises seen for building materials that has caused a number of construction companies to collapse, squeezed by the fixed prices they charged in the past that have become uneconomic to construct now that prices have risen so much. 

So, what is a way to save money? Well, besides spending less, which interest rate rises are trying to engineer, people have used coupons for decades to access special deals. 

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Nan's News

Our very own Nan has been busy again, even in her retirement as our illustrious Emeritus President, she is ever busy spruiking the importance of digital literacy, connectivity and keeping our minds attuned to the view of active ageing!  There's nothing better than leading by example, and Nan has been such a wonderful example of that for us all.  

Her most recent foray has been participating in a chat with Val Quinn, for the Office of E-Safety's Be Connected podcasts.  Nan's chat with Val was uploaded to the Be Connected site in June, and is available where you find your podcasts (Apple, Spotify and Google). 

Nan's passion and knowledge of genealogy and family history shine through, according to the eSafety team, it is a truly fascinating episode.

Read more

Other News

Member's Survey

Don't forget to complete our member survey - this will put your club in the draw to win an Officeworks voucher AND help the Board to build a relevant and valid strategic plan for ASCCA moving forward!  
We have password protected the blog post with the details to access the survey so that only our subscribers receiving our emails can respond to the survey - the password is ASCCA2022!  (Don't forget to use the ! too!)
Read more

Membership Renewals

It's that time of the year again folks, membership renewals are now due, we sent out an email to our list in July, if you missed it you can find it here - there's a list of the member benefits and more in there.  If your club has not yet completed the renewal form, you can access all of this information here.

Adult Learners Week 2022

September 1st - 8th 2022

The year's #ALW2022 theme promotes the power of learning to recharge, rejuvenate and reconfigure the course of people’s lives, so join in the fun and get your #ALW2022 events registered on the ALW website.

Plus if you register your event/s before 5 August 2022, you will have the chance to win 1 of 20 x $200.00 grants to support your #ALW2022 event.

Check out the ALW website for more information on how your Club can get involved!

Did you miss the Clubs Forum last month? If you did you might have missed the information about how Connecting Up can help your Club access discounted software and hardware.  

You can catch up on that using this link.  

If you would like to help Connecting Up - they have a survey open at the moment that will help them better understand how the not for profit sector uses technology.  If you'd like to help them out you can complete their survey using this link.  This survey closes on Friday 5th August, so be quick! 

Get Online Week (17th - 23rd October) - Closes 5th August

Be Connected Building Digital Skills Round 35 - Closes 19th August

Australian Seniors Technology Grant - Closes October 31st

NSW Seniors Festival Grants - Closes Monday 8th August


As part of ASCCA's support to clubs we have invited and encouraged the use of the below logo to all outgoing correspondence.  

This demonstrates your Club's affiliation with ASCCA, the national Peak Body empowering Australian seniors through Technology!
ASCCA Logo and text indicating that a club is an ASCCA member

Membership of ASCCA is open  to all Seniors Computer Clubs, Organisations with a membership including Seniors, and organisations that recognise the value of digital technology for Seniors. 
If your organisation and/or club fits one of these categories and is interested in joining ASCCA please go to our website or email to find out how to start a club; or read some of the advantages of joining ASCCA if you are an existing club. 
A Membership Form for all categories of membership is available on the website, or by scanning the QR code with your smartphone (we've also added a link to the QR code in this email).
ASCCA membership rates from 1 July 2022 are:

Under 50 members—FREE
Over 50 members—$52
Membership numbers as at 30th June
All prices quoted include GST
Corporate and Associate Membership also welcome
Editor: Jenny Willcox
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