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Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Get online week 2014

West Lancashire Borough Council is encouraging people to learn how to use the internet during national Get online week.

There are still 11 million people in the UK who don’t have the basic digital skills to make the most of the internet. Get online week is a national campaign running from 13-19 October designed to inspire more people to get online and gain digital skills and see what the internet could do for them.

There are many places across the borough where everyone can get a helping hand to get online whatever their level of skill and confidence.

During this week the Council will be launching an online tenant’s forum on West Lancashire Community-i web portal, www.communityiwestlancs.org. This is an online network specifically for tenants of West Lancashire Borough Council properties to interact with each other and with the council. It’s a way to improve communications with tenants and encourage them to engage with digital communications.

Councillor Jane Houlgrave, portfolio holder for Landlord Services, said: “The internet is becoming an increasingly important part of our lives, so why not use Get online week to improve your computer skills, or even use one for the first time.”

The West Lancashire Challenge in partnership with Jobcentre Plus, is working to support up to 50 individuals into employment, training or volunteering by providing one-to-one support.

Support will help to improve the individual’s digital skill-set, produce an up-to-date CV and email address, as well as sign up to the West Lancashire Challenge Passport initiative and register on Universal Jobmatch. Individuals will receive 12 hours support over an eight-week period which is funded by the DWP.

How to get online, in West Lancs

You can use a computer free of charge at the community centres and Lancashire County Council run-libraries which can also offer assistance if you need it. In addition, if you prefer, you can phone to book an appointment for assistance at Ormskirk Library (Tel: 0300 1236703) and Skelmersdale Library (Tel: 0300 1236703).

Get online at your local Community centre

Quarry Bank Community House, 364 Ormskirk Rd, Skelmersdale WN8 9AL
Open Monday to Friday 9.00 am to 5.00 pm. Telephone number 01695 50446.

Evermoor Enterprises, Birleywood, Digmoor, Skelmersdale, WN8 9HR
Open Monday to Thursday 9.00 am to 5.00 pm and Friday 9.00 am to 4.00 pm. Telephone number 01695 726269.

Greenhill Community Hub, Beech Close, Skelmersdale, Lancashire,WN8 8DL
Open Monday to Friday 9.00 am to 4.00 pm. The centre can be available outside of these times by arrangement: call 01695 558869.

Tanhouse Enterprise Group, Ennerdale, Tanhouse, Skelmersdale, WN8 6AN
Open Monday to Friday 9.00am to 9.00pm. Call 01695 720128 or 07815744 002
Email tanhousecommunityenterprise@gmail.com

Find out more about get online week by calling free on 0800 77 1234, or find an event for friend by visiting www.ukonlinecentres.com/centresearch

 

Note to editors:

West Lancashire Challenge is delivered by a core partnership between West Lancashire Borough Council and West Lancs CVS which helps to create apprenticeships and work experience opportunities in West Lancashire. It also aims to offer one to one support to people facing barriers to employment, training and volunteering, increase participation in volunteering, and build stronger communities.

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