Computer Pals for Seniors – The Hills

Foundation members L to R Warwick Hayes, Dorothy Milligan, Connie Vallis, Gilbert Cowlishaw, Sylvia Cowlishaw and Jill Matthews.
Foundation members L to R Warwick Hayes, Dorothy Milligan, Connie Vallis, Gilbert Cowlishaw, Sylvia Cowlishaw and Jill Matthews.

On Wednesday 14th March, Computer Pals for the Hills, celebrated 20 years. What an amazing milestone.

This group of Computer Pals has over 400 members, making it the largest in NSW and over 120 of those members came along to celebrate their 20th Anniversary.

The Hills Club first started in July 1998, at Oakhill College. In 2001, the Hills Shire Council offered Computer Pals the lease of the Old Caretakers Cottage in the Castle Hill Showground, where they still meet today.

‘Computer Pals for Seniors’ – The Hills, is a ‘not for profit, voluntary organisation’, completely manned by a social group of around sixty volunteers. Not only did it celebrate 20 years of service, but also received an Australia Day Award for ‘Best Community Service to The Hills Shire. So if you, or someone you know, are over fifty five and not working full time, the club has a number of free introductory ‘Seniors Week” open day sessions, for Tuesday April 10th, from 10.30 until 11.30, 11.30 until 12.30, 12.30 until 1.30, and 1.30 until 2.30, at their teaching rooms, situated in ‘The Old Caretaker’s Cottage’ in the showground at Castle Hill, adjacent to The Harvey Lowe Pavilion.

Here you can observe the club in operation, mingle and mix, and enjoy a cuppa with absolutely no obligation. And plenty of parking is available.

‘Computer Pals’ is a place where seniors teach other seniors how to overcome the daunting world of technology, in a no fuss, no pressure, extremely friendly environment, encompassing several courses including a basic, one pupil – one trainer, two hour a week class, plus several more advanced courses, including Advanced Internet, Cloud Computing, Cloud Storage, Google Mail, Password Management, Facebook, Tablets and Smart Phones, Windows10 Features, and much more, including conducting regular group support workshops to help solve your technological problems.

Except during January and December, a monthly meeting for members and friends, including guest speakers and free morning tea, is held on the second Wednesday of the month at ‘The Harvey Lowe Pavilion’, Castle Hill.

Bookings for the open day are essential, and can be made by phoning Jill on 9899 1843, or Connie on 9639 6758. If unable to attend the open day, another visit can be organised.

The website is cphills.org.au and email is cphills@tpg.com.au