About Us 

Computer Pals for Seniors Turramurra, Inc ( CPST ) is one of many similar voluntary community organisations established throughout Australia to assist seniors to become familiar with the use and benefits of computers in modern society.

IMGP2312The Club has won several State and National community service awards, including an International Year of Volunteers award, a State Council of the Aging Award for Good Practice and a Premier’s Community Award.



Established in 2000, CPST has achieved remarkable growth in membership and is generally recognised by Ku-ring-gai Council as one of the most successful voluntary seniors’ groups on the upper North Shore of Sydney.

We have enrolled over 1600 members and our present 8 courses are taught by some 40 volunteer tutors, most of whom have progressed through our courses and are therefore fully aware of the needs and background of our members.

Our classes involving usually 6 weekly 2 hour sessions are small, limited to 6 members and we have a Tutor and Assistant Tutor in each class. Our 2 air conditioned computer rooms are linked to the internet and are equipped with 22 inch flat screens and modern teaching facilities.

If you are interested in joining the Club,then further information is available from the Club Secretary, Margaret Ball by email tcpssec@hotkey.net.au or you can fill in our Application form to apply to become a member.

How the Club Works

 

The CPST Committee is elected annually at the Annual General Meeting which is held in April. The Committee meets regularly on the third Thursday of each month and a General Meeting of the members is held on the fourth Thursday of the month. Tea and coffee are provided free at the conclusion of each meeting.

 

The Club Committee for 2010/2011 comprises the following members:

 

          President: Ken Doyle

          Vice President: Norma Kelly

Secretary: Margaret Ball

Treasurer/Public Officer: Pat Bohr

Committee: John Richardson
                
Stella Maude
                 Dean Simes
                 Dorothy Soper  
                 
 

Facilities

IMGP2382BBoth the two air conditioned Club computer rooms have seven computers, 22" LCD monitors, digital projection screens, and projectors. The desktop computers are connected to the Internet and stand on purpose built desks built by volunteer Club members.





There are also printers, photocopying facilities, and a comb binding machine for producing the individual course notes provided to each class member. There is a scanner for transferring slides and transparencies onto a CD.

The Club is sponsored by Microsoft from whom it has received significant donations of software.

ASCCA

CPST is a member of the Australian Seniors Computer Clubs Association (ASCCA), which has a guiding role for new clubs and holds regular information days on issues relevant to ASCCA club members.

MEMBERSHIP

Established in 2000, CPST has achieved remarkable growth in its membership and is generally accepted by Kur-ing-gai Council as one of the most successful voluntary seniors groups on the upper north shore of Sydney.

TUTORS

The Club has been fortunate to have most Tutors pass through its classes and are therefore familiar with the needs, background and expectations of new members.Volunteer Tutors number nearly 40.

FEES

Unlike many other clubs CPST does not charge tuition fees for individual courses. Members pay a once-off joining fee of $20.00 and an annual membership fee of $65.00. This entitles members to undertake as many courses as they choose in a Club operating year which extends from mid January to mid November.

 Classes

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The Club provides tuition in its 2 computer rooms on 5 days per week.Classes usually require 2 hours attendance per week in each course. There are 6 persons in each class and a Tutor and Assistant Tutor, providing a student to tutor ratio of 3/1.





Course Notes

Individual course notes are provided to members at the commencement of each class. These become the personal reference notes and property of the member. The notes have been written by the Club Tutors and are revised regularly.

Classes closely follow the course notes and provide opportunity for continuous revision and questions. Home revision is strongly recommended to each class and the Club also encourages members to seek additional assistance with any problems at the monthly Club workshops.

Courses

The CPST courses are reviewed constantly by Tutors and the Club’s Executive Committee.

Courses currently offered by the Club include:

  • Introduction to computing
  • Working with Microsoft Word
  • Mastering Microsoft Word
  • Introduction to the Internet and Email
  • Introduction to Desktop Publishing
  • Introduction to Microsoft Excel
  • Introduction to Managing Digital Photographs
  • Understanding Your Computer

'These courses are conducted using operating systems XP, Vista and Windows 7, also with MS Word 2003, 2007, and 2010'


 

Guest Speakers

 

The Club endeavours to invite a Guest Speaker to each of its monthly General Meetings. Speakers usually address the meeting for between 30 to 45 minutes following consideration of the Club’s general business.

 

 

Guest speakers generally focus on computer related issues, including hardware, software developments and other interesting topics.. The Club has been fortunate to attract local schools to participate in providing students as occasional speakers on such issues as Myspace, Facebook, Youtube, etc

 

 

Club Newsletter

 

CPST forwards bi-monthly newsletters to members by email or post. The newsletters detail Club activities, coming events, guest speakers at monthly General Meetings and suggestions for improving computing skills.

 

(You will need a pdf reader to read this newsletter. Click on this link - http://get.adobe.com/reader/ to download the reader.)
Read latest newsletter here.

Previous newsletters: May-June 2011, July-August 2011, September-October 2011 November-December 2011 January-February 2012 March_April 2012 May-June 2012 July-August 2012 September-October 2012 November-December 2012 January-February 2013, March-April 2013, May-June 2013 July-August 2013 September-October 2013 November-December 2013 January-February 2014 March-April 2014


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