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.

Digital Identity – Engaging Seniors in new research

InternetNZ is seeking participants from digitally excluded groups to engage in a current research initiative focusing on Digital Identity. One of these groups is seniors (aged 65+).

Many Stepping UP partners are actively engaged in delivering programmes for seniors, whether this be Skinny Jump, Better Digital Futures for Seniors or the new Appy Seniors initiative. We are seeking your assistance in inviting seniors in your community to engage with this research.

All that is required at this stage is for seniors to complete a short online questionnaire; Internet will then select a diverse group of participants to engage in a 60-minute interview. This could be in-person (if the seniors are based in Wellington or Hutt City) or by Zoom. All participants invited to participate in the 60-minute interview will receive a $50 Prezzy card.

Please share the following link with any seniors participating in your current digital literacy programmes as a starting point: