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Posted 1 year ago

Every Tuesday afternoon, Bedok Sunflower RC comes abuzz with enthusiastic voices of many residents who are at the RC to pick up new skills through the Seniors Go Digital Programme @ Bedok. Among these residents are San Kwee, Ai Wah, Bock Eng and Lai Yuet, who eagerly declared themselves as lifelong learners who want to know how to use the latest communications tools such as Zoom and other mobile apps. Wong Mee Ling, chairperson of Bedok Sunflower RC, shares that Covid-19 was the catalyst for these residents to pick up digital skills. “When we scaled back on Senior-centric activities, I was worried about social isolation for the residents. Many of them used to participate in weekly activities held by the RC, but during the circuit-breaker, they could not meet up with their friends," says Mee Ling. Driven by her concerns for residents, Mee Ling put together a guide to teach the residents how to use Zoom to communicate with their friends and became a mentor to many of these senior learners. San Kwee and Lai Yuet beams, “We are thankful to Mee Ling for taking her personal time to guide us. After months of not seeing each other, we were delighted that our new-found skill allowed us to see and chit-chat with our friends virtually.” Their friends Bock Eng and Ai Wah echoes, "Technology really helped us to stay connected, and we are excited to pick up more digital knowledge through this programme.” Since July 2020, the Seniors Go Digital Programme has been made available at Bedok Community Club and four Residents' Committee Centre in Bedok, and over 1,300 Seniors have benefitted from it. Sign up for one-to-one coaching by the IMDA Digital Officers via this link- #ThereForYou

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