We live in an age where knowledge is, quite literally at our fingertips. Information, videos, songs, answers to all our questions are available at the tap of a keyboard or the touch of a screen.
To a lot of people, that’s just how life is, it’s fast moving and if you have the knowledge to access what you need, then life can be made a lot simpler and a lot more convenient – but if you don’t know how to, and your digital skills are not up to scratch – or maybe non- existent, then you can start to feel you’re being left behind.
According to Good Things Foundation, there are 4.3 million people in the UK who possess no basic digital skills.
That’s why they started the campaign – Get Online Week eleven years ago. This week long event has seen thousands of events taking place each year in communities across the UK, giving everyone the chance to find the help they need to improve their digital skills.
The mission for 2018 is for people to try one thing – do just one thing online as a stepping stone to improving their digital skills.
Get Online week runs from Monday 15th – Sunday 21st October and Barrow Library (a great place to learn how to do things online at any time of the year) has a week full of events, and helpful sessions for you to try.
From Smartphone help to advice and tips to navigating your way through apps and platforms on your laptop or PC – there’s always a friendly face to help show you how to make the most of your devices and feel more at ease with being online. Here’s what they have planned:
Monday 15th October – 10 am– 11.30am Monday Laptop Help
Having problems with your laptop?
Bring it along to a FREE morning help session at Barrow Library!
Monday 15th – Thursday 18th October 10am – 11.30am - Free 1-1 computing sessions for PCs, laptop and smartphone. Beginners welcome.
If you cannot get to any of our regular ‘Get Online at Barrow Library’ sessions please get in touch. We can then discuss whether we could offer One2One sessions, appropriate to your needs.
Tuesday 16th October – Over 60’s Coding 10am – 11.30am
Come and attend this fun coding session and see how coding can help keep your mind sharp!
Wednesday 17th October 1.15pm – 2.15pm & 2.30pm– 3.30pm - @ppy Hour
Do you want to get to grips with a new phone, laptop or tablet? Sign up for one of their ‘@ppy hour’ sessions.
Wed 17th October 1:15pm - 3.30 pm Smartphone Help
Have you taken the brave step and bought a new smartphone? A bit lost in the mess of apps, pings and flashing screens? Let us show you how to get the most out of your new smartphone and help you feel more comfortable.
Thursday 18th October 1.30pm – 3.30pm – Silver Surfers
If you would like some help using the computer, laptop or want to learn something new, then this is the session for you. Included are free refreshments and a friendly atmosphere.
All events are free, but are extremely popular, so booking a place ahead of time is advisable. You can book a session at the enquiry desk at the library or by ringing Barrow Library (01229) 407373 for more details.
Since it began back in 2007 Get Online week has reached more than 500,000 people and helped them take their first steps to do more online. Make the most of these sessions and you can too.