Events to help residents get online

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Residents in St Helens are being encouraged to get online as part of a national campaign.

St Helens Council’s Library Service will be holding a series of events to help residents make the most of the internet for this year’s Get Online Week.

The annual campaign aims to engage thousands of people and inspire them to get online and this year takes place from October 12 to 18.

At a Get Online Week event everyone can get a helping hand to get to grips with the internet once and for all – whatever their level of skill or confidence.

Many St Helens people have already benefitted from the libraries-based IT help courses.

One adult who took part last year said: “I feel that I have 100 per cent increased in confidence as a result of the course.

“I can surf the internet and now have an email account which I use regularly to contact family. I have also recently booked two holidays via the web and saved more than £100 by booking online.

“I felt really proud of myself on holiday as some older people are still frightened of going on a computer and in fact they thought I was a brainiac for learning how to use my laptop.

“I also have a tablet, which I use on a regular basis. I am now keen to learn about how to save money on my fuel bills and also how to manage my finances on line, so that I will become paperless at home.”

The Library Service will host a number of Get Online Week events across the borough, challenging residents to see what they could do online.

Call in to your local library before the campaign begins on October 12 to find out what’s available in your area.

If you cannot attend one of the taster sessions but would like to learn your way around the Internet join of the services free beginners Starting Life Online courses held in libraries and community centres.

The courses offer you a chance to develop your skills and opportunities and are a great place to meet new people and improve confidence in an adult-friendly environment.

To find out more call the Adult and Community Learning Team on 677675 or visit sthelens.gov.uk/adultlearning.