Looking For Help Getting Online?

Published Wednesday, 8th October 2014

More than 30 venues in Worcestershire are running free sessions to help people discover the online world.

More than 30 venues in Worcestershire are running free sessions to help people discover the online world and make the internet work for them during Get Online Week which runs from Monday 13 October to Sunday 19 October.

This year is the 8th national Get Online Week, inspiring people across the UK to get online and do more with digital skills.  Go ON Worcestershire, a newly formed partnership, is behind the county's events programme. The partnership wants to make sure that everyone has the opportunity to go confidently online, and has set itself the target of reaching the 49,000 Worcestershire residents who don't currently access the internet.

 The venues running free drop-in sessions during Get Online Week include:

Bromsgrove – Bromsgrove Library, Bromsgrove Customer Service Centre, The Starlight Café and Community Trust, The Crown Inn Catshill, Hagley Library

Malvern Hills - Fortis Living – Clarence Park Malvern and Festival House Malvern, Malvern Citizens Advice Bureau, Tenbury Wells Library

Redditch – Redditch Library, Kingfisher Centre, Redditch Customer Service Centre, The Space

Worcester – The Hive, Aspie Ltd, Fortis Living – Progress House and Warndon Office, Nexus Housing, Age UK Herefordshire & Worcestershire, Worcester HOW College

Wychavon - Droitwich Spa & Evesham Libraries, Broadway United Reformed Church, Evesham Community Contact Centre, Fortis Living (Droitwich), Pershore Contact Centre, Rooftop Housing Group – Evesham & Pershore

Wyre Forest - Kidderminster Library, Wyre Forest Community Housing - Stourport

As well as providing free access and staff and volunteer support from Digital Champions several of the venues are also running workshops introducing users to social media, scanning and attaching documents, downloading e-books, emailing and surfing the web safely.

Cllr Marcus Hart, Chair of the Health and Well-being Board said: "We are really hoping that anyone who isn't confident about using the internet will take advantage of the sessions that are running during Get Online Week, especially as we know that thousands of people in Worcestershire aren't online and don't yet know how to access the internet."

"The Go ON Worcestershire Partnership has pulled together an impressive events programme with lots of opportunities in venues across the county and we would urge local people to get involved and find out more".

Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer Digital Champion with local Go ON Worcestershire partners can also attend a Get Online week venue to find out more.

To find out more pick up a leaflet from any of the participating venues, visit - http://www.thehiveworcester.org/events.html#event10483 or call the Worcestershire Hub on 01905 765765 (Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm).