Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Get Caerphilly Online making good progress

The Get Caerphilly Online campaign is really getting off the ground.  Digital Fridays, drop-ins at libraries in the borough, are now extending to include Rhymney Library.  Risca, Caerphilly, Blackwood and Bargoed continue to attract new people every week, looking for help with searching for jobs, or just improving their ability to search for particular items on-line.  Some, who need help with basic computer skills are referred to classes.  

The Get IT Together Internet Basics classes are tailored to the needs of participants, starting from turning the computer on, if necessary, and are very popular.
Last Saturday, I was happy to help with a more creative event. The Winding House Museum in New Tredegar hosted a historypin event.  We invited members of the public to bring in old photographs of the area and showed the how to upload them to the historypin site, where they are “pinned” to a global map.  Whilst not as many people as we would have liked came along (rugby to blame?) those who did had loads of photos.  A whole collection was uploaded documenting the last shift at the Bargoed Colliery.  These photos were taken as a memento for the colliery blacksmith, so show an aboveground view of life at the colliery as it was in 1977. 

This week I am getting an Internet Rangers scheme started at Lewis School, Pengam.  They already have an intergeneration club on Wednesdays, and I am helping them to organise IT support for their Intergen members.  There seemed to be an enthusiastic amount of demand for it when I visited earlier in the month, so I am looking forward to working with the students there, enabling them to help the older people who come along.  This is the start of work I will be doing with several schools in Caerphilly.  We are hoping that one of them will win an Internet Rangers award from BT.


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