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Stockport is marking Get Online Week (18th to 24th October) with more than 60 sessions at the One Stockport Hub in Merseyway and other venues across the borough, where people can learn the essential skills needed for today’s digital world.
The theme of Get Online Week this year is ‘Get online. Get connected.’ Getting online confidently, safely and affordably has never been more important. The pandemic has shown it is now essential for everyone to be able to connect with friends and family, access services, learn and work from home and keep up with the latest news.
Cllr David Sedgwick, Cabinet Member for Citizen Focus and Engagement, said:
We’re hosting more Get Online Week events this year than ever before, to show our community that everyone can learn how to connect with others online and that the DigiKnow partners are here to help.”
DigiKnow Digital Champions will run sessions on finding and applying for work, health and wellbeing websites, banking and shopping online, technology for caring, managing your benefits and council tax, free e-books, newspapers and magazines, applying to foster or adopt, researching your family history, applying for community funding and more. A complete list of Get Online Week events in Stockport is available from the Stockport Council events calendar.
The week finishes with a DigiFun Day 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday 23rd October with lots of family activities for the start of half-term, including making an e-rubbish monster, playing free online games, trying out coding or enjoying the digital radio live session!!
Cllr Sedgwick continued:
The DigiKnow partners are running a wide range of sessions covering lots of different ways that you may want to use the internet. There are free-to-use PCs and tablets at the One Stockport Hub or WiFi to use on your own devices. It’s all very informal, and you can simply drop in with your questions and bring in any devices you need help with using.”
DigiKnow is a network of community groups, organisations and volunteer Digital Champions who help people get online and improve their digital skills. Support includes community classes, help over the telephone, and a Device lending Library. Call the DigiKnow Helpline on 07537 127095 to find out more or for a list of community groups who can help visit the Stockport Council website or your local library.
Get Online Week is organised by the Good Things Foundation and is the UK’s biggest digital inclusion campaign, mobilising grassroots organisations to reach more people with digital skills support and raising the profile of digital exclusion as an issue of national importance.