Availabilty of BSOL Support within the Greater Brisbane area

The Greater Brisbane area serviced by BSOL is sub-divided into geographical areas termed hubs as shown on the map below. Each hub is managed by a hub coordinator who is responsible for matching learners with appropriately qualified mentors. A list of hub coordinators with an email contact link is on our Contact page.

A Central Hub has also been established to cater for mentors and learners who wish to teach and learn in our City Training Centre.

If you would like to download a pdf version of the map just click on the map image below.


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How BSOL Started

The establishment of Brisbane Seniors OnLine is a great example of how the energy and enthusiasm of a few dedicated people can help resolve an important social issue. Computerisation and the accelerating pace of technological change is making life increasingly difficult for many senior citizens. Group computer classes offered by traditional training and education institutions are often ineffective for seniors who are struggling to understand the most basic computer terminology. BSOL's one-on-one learner/volunteer mentor bespoke training model is unparalleled within Australia

BSOL's genesis was a meeting at Mt Gravatt in February 2000 of a group of older people, some with computer skills and others who wanted to learn computing. Over the next year supporters worked hard with State government agencies such as Centrelink to establish BSOL as a legally incorporated association.

In May 2001, a small newspaper article in the Courier Mail attracted 50 new mentors and volunteer administration staff. Brisbane City Council provided funds to conduct training for BSOL mentors and a facilitator to assist the preparatory Management Committee get organised.

On the 28 July 2001, BSOL held its first AGM and a management committee was elected. Centrelink kindly donated money to purchase office equipment and the Brisbane City Council agreed to give BSOL office space in the City Hall. From there we have grown into a major computer training organisation with over 300 mentors, 1,000 current learners and 10,000 graduates.