West Coast residents wanting to get on board for a future that includes more digital opportunities will be able to access a mobile learning centre and online banking training from this week.
Free online banking classes are being offered to West Coast residents on DORA, a WiFi enabled bus that will be familiar to many Coasters. DORA was a familiar sight on the Coast in 2016 and 2017, providing digital literacy classes with WestREAP. For the next two months DORA will be parking up at community centres, libraries and supermarkets in Buller, Grey and Westland Districts to assist people better understand online banking and recognise and avoid online scams.
The Digital Inclusion Alliance Aotearoa has partnered with Kiwibank to develop a Stepping UP training module for online banking and with DORA’s help more people can participate in their local communities.
WestREAP and West Coast libraries have joined up to deliver the classes on-board the bus locally.
“Rural isolation is a big issue for many people on the West Coast and online banking is one way to help address this,” said Cheryl Smeaton, Team Leader for Adult Community Education at WestREAP.
Laurence Zwimpfer, Chair of the Digital Inclusion Alliance said the group will be contacting stakeholders on the West Coast, especially organisations involved in delivering social services and supporting elderly people, to advise them to the days and times when DORA will be in their area.
“We need their help in alerting people they support to this opportunity and encourage people to join in a digital banking session on DORA. We know that changes in the banking world such as the move away from cheques have the greatest impact on people who are digitally excluded.”
“We greatly appreciate the support of Kiwibank in making this training possible, but this is not restricted to Kiwibank customers; digital banking classes are for everyone no matter who you bank with,” Mr Zwimpfer concluded.
DORA will be supporting digital banking classes on the West Coast from 24 October through to 19 December 2019. A detailed schedule is available on the Stepping UP website www.steppingup.nz