Get Online Week

Published Friday, 14th October 2016

More than 25 venues in Worcestershire will be running free sessions to help people 'get online' next week.

Get Online Week is the biggest digital inclusion campaign in the country and runs from October 17 until 23.

This year is the 10th national Get Online Week, and the campaign aims to reach tens of thousands of people and help them to get online for the first time, or brush up their computer and internet skills.

With Worcestershire County Council moving more of its services online, people can now use online services to pay their council tax, order goods, order library books, report problems with housing, claim benefits just to mention a few.

But there are still some groups that find it hard to go online and need more support.

Through Go On Worcestershire, Worcestershire County Council along with partners such as housing associations, charities and other organisations will be hosting a number of events across Worcestershire to show residents how the internet can make life easier, cheaper, healthier and more fun.

The free workshops include tips on how to use social media, send emails, creating Microsoft Word documents and how best to connect with friends and family online.

Councillor Lucy Hodgson, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Localism and Communities, said: "We know some people are still not confident using computers and the internet. That's why we would urge people to go along to one or more of the sessions during Get Online Week.

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

On Tuesday, October 18th it is Get Safe Online Day. The awareness campaign will urge the UK public and small businesses to make every day safer by treating online security as essential life admin. To find out more go to https://www.getsafeonline.org/protecting-yourself/get-safe-online-day-2016/

Go On Worcestershire is always on the lookout for Digital Champions to help others learn the digital skills they need to go online. To become a Digital Champion email tadewumi@worcestershire.gov.uk

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/20017/libraries_and_learning/1216/get_online_week_17_to_23_october_2016