Gain confidence using the internet with Somerset Libraries ‘Be Online’ campaign

Are you one of the 12 million people in the UK still not making the most of the internet? If so, the Be Online campaign is here to help. Be Online 2016 is a national campaign that aims to help people across the country to improve their digital skills.

From Monday 22 February to Friday 26 February Somerset Libraries will be offering a range of introductory workshops as part of Be Online 2016 for Somerset.

Looking for work, taking care of your health, paying bills and keeping in touch with loved ones are all quicker and easier online, but if you’re not that confident online, it can feel pretty scary getting started.

Whatever your skills, there’s an event for you. In libraries across the county friendly experts will be there to help digital beginners get the support they need to make the most of the internet.

Cllr David Hall, Cabinet Member with a responsibility for Somerset Libraries said; “If you would like to know more about keeping in touch with friends and relatives online, downloading apps onto your tablet, or if you’ve never used a computer and just want help getting started, this could be the perfect event for you.

“Somerset Libraries will be explaining the internet in the most simplistic ways, so even if you’ve no experience at all, please don’t feel embarrassed to come. This will be very friendly and informative and you will get the support you need to feel confident online.”

During Be Online, you’ll have the chance to try out Learn My Way, a free online learning platform. At www.learnmyway.com you’ll find hundreds of courses and resources to help with the basics like emailing and internet searches, and more complex online tasks like searching and applying for work, or booking a doctor’s appointment.

To find a Be Online event near you, call 0300 123 2224 or call at your local library.

All sessions are free but booking is essential.

  • We have Be Online sessions happening in Bridgwater, Burnham, Chard, Cheddar, Frome, Minehead, Priorswood, Shepton Mallet, Street, Taunton, Wellington, Wells, Williton and Yeovil libraries.
  • The Be Online campaign is managed by Tinder Foundation the charity behind the UK online centres network. Tinder Foundation aims to make good things happen through digital technology. Established in 2011, the charity works with a variety of national organisations, to help hundreds of thousands of people every year to use the internet to improve their lives. Together we have helped 1.6m people to use the internet and to develop basic online skills.
  • To find other local places to get online near you, call the National Careers hotline free on 0800 77 1234 and ask for support with digital skills, or visit www.ukonlinecentres.com/centresearch.