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National Get Online Week 2016

Published Friday, 14 October 2016

Coventry libraries will be celebrating Get Online Week next week (17-23 October) as part of the national Get Online campaign.

Get Online Week

There are more than 12million people in Britain who don’t have basic digital skills, so the annual campaign has been running for ten years and aims to get people online to see how the internet can make life easier, cheaper, healthier and more fun.

In ten years, over 500,000 people have discovered the benefits of being online through Get Online Week, and now Coventry libraries will be helping get people online too.

The event also coincides with EU Coding Week 2016, so Coventry Libraries will be celebrating with a range of events, including Atomic Training, an online video-based training programme for people who want to develop their ICT skills, computer help sessions and Code Clubs for children to learn how to code and make their own computer games.

Gen2Gen sessions will also be available at Central, Earlsdon and Stoke Library. All you need to do is give your contact details, the subject you need help with and your availability to a member of staff. Volunteers from Coventry University will meet you and help you on your subject at Central, Earlsdon or Stoke Library. These sessions will be available during weekdays and term time only.

Councillor Kevin Maton, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: “There are lots of people out there who don’t own computers and who aren’t on the internet, but hopefully these events will encourage people to give it a try and learn some basic computer skills, whether it’s to save money, find work, bank online or order shopping, there’s not much you can’t do online now and many are missing out on being able to do these things.”

“Get Online week will be something the whole family can get involved in. There are lots of events happening at libraries throughout the week for people for all abilities, and plenty of support for those who aren’t very confident with their computer abilities.”

More information on Get Online Week can be found at: https://www.getonlineweek.com/

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