Saturday, 20 April 2013

Spring Online Week

It's Spring Online Week and Citizens Online's Get IT Together programme are running events all week to help people get online.

One example is our Bristol project who are out at the Cinema encouraging people to try out their ipads this week. 

Spring Online - iPad Surfing in the Cinema! - Bristol

On Thursday the 25th April, Kerry and her Bristol volunteers are hitting the Odeon before the Silver screening of 'Quartet'. They will be in the lobby offering those going to see the film the chance to use an iPad and see some of the useful features they have.

Spring Online: Northern Ireland
As part of Digital Unite’s Spring Online week, two new six week free fun and informal computer courses will be starting on Tuesday in the Rowan Tree Centre, Pomeroy at 12.30pm and in Clogher Valley Community Centre, Augher at 8pm as part of the BT Connected Communities initiative, in partnership with the UK charity Citizens Online Get IT Together campaign.  BT and Community Digital Champion volunteers will also be helping two classes in Glasgowbury, Draperstown improve their computer and internet skills from 7 – 9.15pm  – maybe they could chat to each other for free using skype- realising yet another benefit to being connected online.  Meanwhile older people in Maghery Community Hall will be springing online with help from members of the local youth group showing them how to use ipads and download useful apps as part of an intergenerational project.

An awareness raising session showing the benefits of being online will take place at an older people’s networking event, run by O4O, in the Crieve Centre, Stewartstown on Wednesday at 11am.

On Thursday a Drop In IT Session for people looking help with their computers eg downloading photos, sending emails etc will take place in Ederney Town Hall, Fermanagh at 11am along with a cuppa and a chat.  Whereas in the evening, the over 50’s will have the opportunity to get online at a beginners IT course in Cavanaleck Leaf Centre, Enniskillen.  Meanwhile in Tyrone, a new computer confidence course targeting older men will be starting at 6pm in the Rowan Tree Centre, Pomeroy, with a Drop In session afterwards at 7.30pm.

Finally, on Friday, older people will be getting online in Crescent Community & Cultural Centre, Caw, with the help of Supporting Communities NI and our own digital Champion volunteers.  Participants include both this year’s and last year’s Pensioner of the Year.  Down the road in the BEAM Social Enterprise Centre, Maydown, the next group of North West graduates will be starting their GAP employability programme, searching for jobs online, uploading CV’s and application forms and carrying out online exams to gain additional qualifications, finding placements and hopefully gaining employment.  Statistics to date are very promising.

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