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.