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Get Online Week at your local Library

Published
12.10.2018

Gloucestershire Libraries are encouraging residents to use the internet as part of ‘Get online week’ 15th- 21st October

 

Next week will see ‘Get Online Week’ help Gloucestershire residents learn that getting the most out of the internet can be easy and fun.

Get Online Week is coming to Gloucestershire this month, to give everyone the chance to make the most of the internet, no matter how confident they are online.

Running from 15th October  -  21st October , Get Online Week 2018 will see hundreds of community events take place across the country. The campaign is saying: “See how it feels when you Try 1 Thing” - use the internet to do just one thing you’d normally do in a shop or bank, in a doctor’s or chemist, or even over the phone.

Gloucestershire Libraries will be holding Get Online Week support sessions at various libraries and there’ll be lots of friendly support from Computer Buddies and trained staff for anyone who wants to start doing a bit more online - and it’s absolutely free.

Libraries in the county answer over 1,000 IT questions every week. People can call 01452 426973 to find out more, or just pop in and see what’s happening. Library staff will welcome you and you could book to see one of our Computer Buddies who will help you with getting online, emails and using tablets.

Vera started to attend our monthly gadget days in Cheltenham Library after feeling overwhelmed by technology.

It has changed my life! Both library personnel are really patient and really teach by letting me write the procedures down as like everyone in their 70s, we forget. I can then always practice at home and refer to my notes. I have also met 2 friends who go and we meet up afterwards to exchange information that we have learnt (twice a month)”
Vera is feeling included in the digital age now she’s been shown how to utilise her device and the resources on it. She’s gained a vast amount of confidence, and each week finds it easier and easier to pick things up. She has made friends by attending and they enjoy their social meet ups. She originally described technology as “alien” but now feels that she’s been brought “into the tech age”.

Cllr Dave Norman, cabinet member for Libraries said: “These events will provide a great opportunity for residents who are unfamiliar with the internet to learn how to do something useful online.”

“We hope people will come along to their local library and book a computer to learn some new skills which will help them get the most from the internet.”

https://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/libraries/digital-services-library-computers/

https://www.getonlineweek.com/

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Issued by: Gloucestershire County Council Communications Team, 01452 427554, PressOffice2@gloucestershire.gov.uk

Media op: Photos of people using PCs, Computer Buddies, Code Clubs etc

Contact : Carole Bowe Access & outcomes Librarian carole.bowe@gloucestershire.gov.uk 01452 425030

 

 

 

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