How will your friends #try1thing in Get Online Week

 

Obviously, by definition, if you’re seeing this then you are already digitally aware. But are your friends and family feeling disenfranchised?

Get Online Week 2017 aims to help 15.2 million people in the UK who are not making full use of the internet. The campaign is encouraging them to take a next step toward crossing the digital divide – by asking them to Try 1 Thing – use the internet to do just one thing that they usually do offline.

It could be their first online shopping experience or video call, setting up online banking, GP appointments or benefit claims, or applying for a job online – anything that they haven’t had the skills or confidence to try before now.

It’s not just for those who have never used a computer or tablet. Millions of people who can use a smartphone to read the news, use Facebook, or send online messages, aren’t able to undertake more complex online tasks like filling in forms and finding reliable advice and information. They’re missing out on all the financial, social and health benefits the internet offers.

For these people, choosing just one task that they’ve not previously done online and the getting the help they need to get started, can be a big next step to becoming a more confident user of the internet. They just need to go along to a local Get Online Week event to Try 1 Thing!

Thanks to the support of Todmorden Town Council, Hebden Royd Town Council, Calderdale Libraries and the Good Things Foundation Stoodley Training Mentors will be holding free events in the Todmorden and Hebden Bridge at:

  • Hebden Royd Methodist Church Monday 2 October 1:30pm-3pm

  • Hebden Bridge Town Hall Tuesday 3 October 11am-1pm

  • Todmorden Library Wednesday 4 October 10:30am-12:30pm

and there’ll be lots of friendly support for anyone who wants to start doing a bit more online – and it’s absolutely free.

Stoodley TM Learner Earns Award from Creative Support

Congratulations to Paul Howarth, one of our star learners, for obtaining an award from Creative Support for IT and Computer Skills. Paul has worked really hard with us for over 2 years progressing from using the ‘Learn My Way’ e-learning, through creating video discs to now creating and constantly updating his website blog. In doing so he also promotes the services he uses such as Creative Support, Luv2MeetU, Skillshop and more as well as the cafe where he works, Flutterbites at Manor Heath Park, Halifax.

 

What new thing will you try online today?

Obviously if you’ve picked this up then you’re already tech-savvy. But what about the people you know who are struggling with this brave new world? Maybe this week will be the first video call to family in Dubai? Maybe the first online shop to save the old legs from carrying tins back to the house?

In a very patient and informal way they could join our free presentations on ‘What can a computer or tablet do for me?’ at:

  • Hebden Royd Methodist Church – Monday 2 October 1:30pm-3pm
  • Hebden Bridge Town Hall – Tuesday 3 October 11am-1pm
  • Todmorden Library – Wednesday 4 October 10:30am-12:30pm

Looking forward to tea, coffee, cakes and biscuits in an informal atmosphere to discuss how we can help people who are confused and frightened by this new wave of technology they are forced to come to terms with.

No experience of computers, tablets, iPads or phones expected. We’re here to sort out all that jargon!

For more information email stoodley.tm@gmail.com or call 01422 847827.

To support our project please donate at http://ra-w.uk/STM-CF

Get Online Week just got closer!

It’s when the promotional pack arrives that you realise there’s not much time until we are giving our free presentations on ‘What can a computer or tablet do for me?’ at:

  • Hebden Royd Methodist Church – Monday 2 October 1:30pm-3pm
  • Hebden Bridge Town Hall – Tuesday 3 October 11am-1pm
  • Todmorden Library – Wednesday 4 October 10:30am-12:30pm

Looking forward to tea, coffee, cakes and biscuits in an informal atmosphere to discuss how we can help people who are confused and frightened by this new wave of technology they are forced to come to terms with.

No experience of computers, tablets, iPads or phones expected. We’re here to sort out all that jargon!

For more information email stoodley.tm@gmail.com or call 01422 847827

Will cash die? Contactless, Apple Pay and Android Pay and the consequences

OK I don’t like change – and OK since the Edinburgh Festival that joke has been overused! But Rhiannon Lucy Coslett writing for the Guardian has discussed the other implications of taking cash out our system too soon and who may be disenfranchised by new technology.

Remember you can help us subsidise those who cannot afford computer/device support by donating through Neighbourly crowdfunding site at

https://www.neighbourly.com/StoodleyTrainingMentors/fundraising/5948f518c7ac891c8c2edb73

Read Rhiannon’s Guardian article.

Getting ready for Get Online Week in October

Try 1 Thing

Get Online Week 2017 aims to help 15.2 million people in the UK who are not making full use of the internet. The campaign is encouraging them to take a next step toward crossing the digital divide – by asking them to Try 1 Thing – use the internet to do just one thing that they usually do offline.

It could be their first online shopping experience or video call, setting up online banking, GP appointments or benefit claims, or applying for a job online – anything that they haven’t had the skills or confidence to try before now.

It’s not just for those who have never used a computer or tablet. Millions of people who can use a smartphone to read the news, use Facebook, or send online messages, aren’t able to undertake more complex online tasks like filling in forms and finding reliable advice and information. They’re missing out on all the financial, social and health benefits the internet offers.

For these people, choosing just one task that they’ve not previously done online and the getting the help they need to get started, can be a big next step to becoming a more confident user of the internet. They just need to go along to a local Get Online Week event to Try 1 Thing!

Looking Forward to Handmade Parade Sunday 25 June

We can’t believe that it’s now the 10th annual Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade as celebration and spectacle is brought to our streets.

Sunday, 25 June, 2017

Parade at noon. Mini-festival in the park from 1-4pm

The Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade is an annual celebration of funkiness, the art of the handmade and is just sheer fun! The magic happens in three weeks of workshops, open to anyone who wants to make costumes, carryable art or help create giant puppets. With an ace team of local professional carnival artists, volunteers, guest artists and some killer street bands, we create just the occasion for up to 1000 people to dance down the streets of Hebden Bridge, watched by thousands.

Seriously, you don’t want to miss this.

Change of venue for Todmorden presentations

Sorry to say that despite the great support given to us by Incredible Aqua Garden issues around guests moving through the school grounds have caused an insurmountable Safeguarding issue and we will therefore need to move the FREE presentations to a different venue. We will keep everyone informed when this is settled. Thanks again AquaGarden and keep on being Incredible.