And now for something completely different!

I appreciate that I have been flooding this blog with Jump updates, so I thought you might appreciate something completely different. If you are interested in providing digital literacy training to seniors in your community read on. Otherwise, have a cup of coffee and wait for the next exciting Jump instalment.

On 27 September 2022, the Office for Seniors (part of the Ministry of Social Development) released a Request for Proposals (RFP), inviting parties interested in providing digital literacy training for 5000 seniors to submit a contestable bid by 28 October 2022. the funding is for three years, commencing in January 2023.

DIAA intends to submit a bid for expanding the Better Digital Futures for Seniors programme in partnership with our rapidly expanding delivery partner network. So we are inviting expressions of interest from the 70 partners that are currently delivering Better Digital Futures for Seniors, but would also welcome any interest from other partners who may be working with seniors.

The Office for Seniors recognises anyone in the 65+ age bracket as a senior, except for Māori and Pasifika who must be 55+. Māori and Pasifika are amongst the more digitally excluded, especially for older people, and this difference in eligibility is an enlightened step towards achieving greater equity.

Note that new Government funding is a contestable bid and there is no guarantee of funding for any particular parties at this stage.  If our bid is successful, we will give priority to partnering with the organisations that have submitted an Expression of Interest and best meet the Office for Seniors requirements.  

We have prepared a brief response form for you to let us know about your interest and capacity to provide face-to-face digital skills training for seniors. You can find the form here:

Please make sure you submit this form no later than 20 October 2022 to ensure we have time to include your feedback in the bid.

Author: Laurence Zwimpfer

I am committed to supporting the development of New Zealand as a digitally included nation, where everyone has equitable opportunities to benefit from the digital world.

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