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Friday, 5 October 2012

Grab FREE IT taster sessions during Get Online Week 2012

 

Want to get more internet-savvy? Then let Cheshire East Council give you a helping hand to surf the web and get a bigger life online.

The authority is offering FREE IT taster sessions during Get Online Week 2012, with a multitude of events across the Borough during October 15-21.

The Council’s 15 main libraries will all be holding free events offering friendly help and support for anyone who wants to improve their computer skills and get a taste for what the internet has to offer.

Topics will range from initial taster ‘IT Buddy’ sessions alongside mentors, to introductions to ancestry research, shopping online and getting up to speed with email.

Get Online Week is the largest campaign in the country that helps people to improve their computer and internet skills.

More than 3,000 events will take place across the country, so anyone can find a local place to brush up their skills.

Across Cheshire there are around 100,000 people who have never used the internet – including 64 per cent of men and 77 per cent of women over 75.

Councillor David Brown, Deputy Leader of Cheshire East Council and Cabinet member in charge of strategic communities, said: “There are a lot of people who have never been online before and there are also a lot of people who can do a little but want to do more.

“During Get Online Week, we’re giving them the chance to come along to our events to get started or brush up their skills with a helping hand from our staff and volunteers.

“Whether people want to learn to email, trace their ancestry or find out how to save money online, there’s really something for everyone and we’ll be able to provide all the help and support they need.

“The internet is such an integral part of life now and most services, such as education and employment, can be accessed 24 hours a day online.

“Not having the skills to access general information will leave some people at a great disadvantage, which is why it’s so important to get involved.”

To find an event near you, visit www.ukonlinecentres.com or call 0800 771234.

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