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.
The club has two air conditioned training rooms in the Turramurra Senior Citizens Centre. Both rooms have 58″ wall mounted screens. One room has seven computers with 22″ LCD monitors for running formal courses. The other is used for courses or one-on-one training with users bringing their own computers. The desktop computers are connected to the Internet and stand on purpose built desks built by volunteer Club members.
There are also printers and photocopying facilities for producing the individual course notes provided to each class member. There is a scanner for transferring slides, photograph negatives and transparencies onto a CD.
The CPST Committee is elected annually at the Annual General Meeting which is held in April. The Club Committee comprises the following members:
President: Bill Soper
Secretary: Margaret Ball
Vice President: Dorothy Soper
Treasurer: Mick Watts
Public Officer:: John Richardson
The Committee meets regularly on the third Thursday of each month.
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.
The 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.
We have enrolled nearly 1800 members. The club is run totally by volunteers, and most of our tutors have progressed through our courses and are therefore fully aware of the needs and background of our members.