More help for the borough’s blind

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A campaign has been launched to help blind people in St Helens get online.

The scheme - set up by the Royal National Institute for Blind People (RNIB) - is aimed at people with sensory loss.

RNIB’s Online Today project has set itself a target of getting 125,000 people online across the country.

Now a workshop is being delivered between the RNIB and Action for Blind People at the 02 Digital Communities Hub in the Hardshaw Centre.

The event takes place on Wednesday, December 2 between 10am and 12.30pm and again between 2pm and 4pm.

Anyone with sight and or hearing loss is welcome to attend either of the sessions.

The session will include how to get the most from products such as tablets, smartphones and eReaders.

There will also be the chance to be hands-on and try out these gadgets and ask questions.

Internet use in the UK has significantly increased over recent years with 76% of adults accessing the internet every day in 2014, compared to just 38% in 2006. Millions of us rely on the internet for everyday tasks such as shopping, banking and staying in touch with friends and family.

However, getting online and using technology can present many challenges for someone who is blind, partially sighted or has hearing loss.

Andrew Coleman, assistive technology co-ordinator at Action for Blind People, said: “Being online can make a huge difference to someone’s life.

“We hope people with sight or hearing loss in St Helens will come along and find out how technology can open up a whole new world of discovery and independence.”

To find out more and to book your place please call Marlene on 01375 390953 quoting Online Today St Helens.

You can also learn more about Online Today by visiting www.rnib.org.uk/onlinetoday.