It's Get Online Week, 2 – 8 October, 2017

Published Monday, 2nd October 2017

Take on the challenge to 'do one thing' online that you normally do in a shop or bank during Get Online Week.

Worcestershire County Council is backing Get Online Week by asking residents to explore council services online and do one thing online during Get Online Week that they normally do offline such as shopping or ordering a prescription.

Through the Go On Worcestershire Partnership, Worcestershire County Council's libraries and other partners including Fortis and Bromsgrove District Housing Trust are holding a number of workshops and special sessions to support people to get online, perhaps for the first time. 

The free sessions will show residents how the internet can make life easier, contribute to their health and wellbeing and be a lot of fun.  Sessions include, how to use social media, send emails, create Microsoft Word documents and how best to connect with friends and family online.

Get Online Week is a national campaign to reach people who have not used the internet, to help them to get online for the first time, and to help others brush up their computer and internet skills.

There are lots of council services that residents can now access online; paying their council tax, ordering goods, renewing or reserving library books or a reporting a problem on the highways.  But not everyone has tried this out yet and there are still some groups that find it hard to go online and need more support.

Councillor Lucy Hodgson, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Localism and Communities, said: "Get online week is a great time to take the plunge and see what you can do online.  We know some people are still not confident using computers and the internet, which is why we offer support in our libraries.   

"Whether you want to start using social media to connect with family and friends or find out how to send emails, the free sessions are a great opportunity to learn new skills in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere."

To see a full list of all the Get Online Week events which are taking place in libraries, churches and community centres across Worcestershire go to http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/info/20428/get_online_week_2017_events  and http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/info/20258/learning_and_development/1209/digital_skills