Get Online and Try 1 Thing with Somerset Libraries

Somerset County Council libraries are encouraging people to Try 1 Thing during Get Online Week (2-8 October).

The week encourages people to take the next step to being more confident and independent online, by asking them to Try 1 Thing.

15 Somerset Libraries across the county are taking part in Get Online Week.

Friendly staff and volunteers will help people to take their next steps online. They can help people with their first online shopping experience or video call, setting up online banking, GP appointments or booking a holiday – anything that they haven’t had the skills or confidence to try before now.

Cllr David Hall, Cabinet Member for Economy and Resources, said: “Getting online can open up new opportunities for people, it can help them connect with family and friends and make life’s many challenges easier – like shopping and banking. I encourage people to make the most of the events and support available at local libraries during Get Online week. Take the plunge and Try 1 Thing.”

Helen Milner OBE, Chief Executive of Good Things Foundation, the charity behind Get Online Week, says: “In today’s world, using Facebook or checking the weather online isn’t enough to make someone a truly digital citizen. Millions of people are still missing out on the huge benefits the internet can offer.

“Campaigns like Get Online Week are a great way for us not only to raise awareness of digital exclusion, still a massive problem even in 2017, but also to reach new people still nervous about doing more online.”

To find out which sessions are running near you visit http://www.somerset.gov.uk/computercourses/ or https://www.getonlineweek.com/