Free courses at Somerset Libraries for Get Online Week

Next week Somerset’s libraries are celebrating Get Online Week (17 to 23 October) by hosting a whole range of special events designed to help people understand the internet.

Friendly help and support is available all year round at Somerset’s libraries but Get Online Week will bring 17 dedicated digital sessions to residents across the County.

As a part of the network of UK Online Centres, Somerset’s libraries help people build digital skills by providing support on using emails and online shopping, online chats and videos, and even on how to find new ways to stay healthy.

Mr Woulfe, aged 94, was one of those people. He has been learning how to use a tablet at Bridgwater Library.

Mr Woulfe said: “I started with the computer course but I don’t have a laptop or computer at home, only a tablet. I come to the tablet courses here and the lovely volunteer Neil also sees me one-to-one sometimes. He’s simply marvellous! He’s got so much patience, because of course you can’t expect a 94 year old to get things straight away.

“I’m now able to chat with my daughter on Facebook and I also watch the news and sport. I’m interested in Irish History and have been able to find out information about where I was born in Ireland – I left when I was 23. I’m planning to get the hang of email next and may even use Skype to keep in touch with my family. It’s all marvellous!”

Cllr David Hall, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for Libraries, said: “The testimonial from Mr Woulfe says it all! So much of our lives now revolve around the digital world and it’s important that everyone has an opportunity to experience exactly what can be achieved online.

“Our libraries provide this kind of support all year, but if you have never attended a course before, Get Online Week is the perfect time to start.”

Events are listed below and are free, but places need to be booked at the library.

For more information about UK Online sessions, ask at your local library, or visit www.somerset.gov.uk/libraryevents

 

Library

Event Date / Time
Bridgwater Internet Safety 19 October

10am to 12:30pm

Burnham Get online with your Tablet 20 October

10:30am to noon

Chard Get online with your Tablet 18 October

10am to noon

Frome Online Banking with your Tablet or PC 18 October

10:30am to noon

Glastonbury Tablet/iPad Taster Session 18 October

10am to noon

Langport Health information online 18 October

2:30pm to 4pm

Martock Basic Get Online Course 17 October

10am to noon

Minehead Keep Fit While You Travel & Shop ‘Til You Drop 17 October

10am to noon

Priorswood Basic Get Online Course 17 October

10:15 to noon

Shepton Mallet Tablet/iPad Taster Session 21 October

Time to be confirmed

Street Online Pick ‘n’ Mix 21 October

10am to noon

Taunton Basic Get Online Course 19 October

10am to noon

Wellington Basic Get Online Course 19 October

2:30pm to 4:30pm

Wells Tablet/iPad Taster Session 19 October

10:30am to 12:30pm

Williton Keep Fit While You Travel & Shop ‘Til You Drop 17 October

10:15am to 11:45am

Wincanton Get Online Course 17 October

10am to noon

Yeovil Be happier and healthier online 18 October

10am to noon