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Generations to work together over Tech, Tea and Tales


Golden Plains will be the first Shire in Australia to introduce an exciting new program for youth and seniors called ‘Tech, Tea and Tales’.


The program will employ young local jobseekers to provide one-on-one technology help to seniors in the Shire, and to record their life stories and experiences on film. The 6-week program aims to build meaningful connections across generations, by providing a unique opportunity for young and older people to come together and share skills, knowledge and experience.  

Applications are now open for jobseekers aged 16-25 who live in the Shire and who would like to be employed as a Tech and Story Helper in the program.  Older people across the Shire are also invited to participate in the free program, which will be offered at Bannockburn library, Haddon Community House, Meredith Community House and for residents at Estia Health.

The program has been designed by Lively and Humankind Enterprises in collaboration with local youth and the Golden Plains Shire Council. Lively and Humankind Enterprises first launched Tech, Tea and Tales in Melbourne during the 2016 Victorian Seniors Festival, and received overwhelming positive responses from the young and older people who participated.

“We want to provide meaningful, paid employment to young people, as well as give them access to role models in the community who have rich experiences and wisdom to share. Younger and older people have so much to offer each other and this program really celebrates that”, said Sophie Weldon from Humankind Enterprises.  

The program kicks off on 28th Feb and concludes during National Youth Week. If you would like to apply to be one of the young Tech and Story Helpers, or if you are an older resident looking to get your technology questions answered and to connect with some inspiring local young people, get in touch with Anna Donaldson on 0430 661 405 or at anna@lively.org.au. Applications close for young people on 10th February: www.goo.gl/hyxgrA

No prior experience necessary.