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Friday, April 10, 2015

Free events to help local people to ‘spring online’

If you have never used the internet before then spring into action this month by joining a free taster session on how to start using the worldwide web.

West Lancashire Borough Council is joining forces with West Lancashire CVS,  Community I West Lancs and Lancashire County Council to host free events to help local people learn more about using computers, tablets and the internet as part of the national Spring Online campaign.

There is no need to book, you can just turn up on the day. The events are being held at the following Lancashire County Council-run libraries:

  • Ormskirk Library, Monday 20 April, 10am-11.30am
  • Tarleton Library, Monday 20 April, 2pm-3.30pm
  • Skelmersdale Library, Tuesday 21 April, 1pm-2.30pm
  • Up Holland Library, Thursday 23 April, 2pm-3.30pm
  • Burscough Library, Friday 24 April, 10am-11.30am
  • Parbold Library, Friday 24 April, 1pm-2.30pm

People can learn about doing online transactions such as reporting something by using West Lancashire Borough Council’s website. Library staff, Borough Council staff and volunteers will be there to offering a helping hand.

Bob Livermore, Assistant Director Housing and Regeneration, said: “We know that for some people using computers and the internet can be a bit daunting. They just need a helping hand to get them started, and we hope as many people as possible will come along to our Spring Online event and give digital technology a go, as they will find a whole new world opens up for them.”

Spring Online 2015 is an award-winning national digital inclusion campaign by Digital Unite. From 20 April to 26 April hundreds of free taster events and sessions are held by volunteers and organisations across the UK to help and inspire local people achieve a lasting use of the internet.

Official figures from the Office of National Statistics show that currently around 10,000 people in West Lancashire don’t use the internet. Many more don’t have basic online skills. As such they’re missing out on the many benefits being online offers such as accessing a wider range of products and services, saving money and being better connected with friends and family. 

For more information about Spring Online visit Digital Unite (external link).

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