Digital champions help residents get online

Residents who don’t have access to the internet, or the skills they need to make the most of it, can get free help in Northumberland libraries to open up the wonders of the web.

During Get Online Week ( 15-21 October)  residents are being encouraged to find out for themselves that getting the most out of the internet can be easy and fun.

Throughout the year, volunteer digital champions are helping out in Amble, Hexham, Cramlington, Berwick, Haltwhistle and Rothbury libraries and there are plans afoot to recruit more champions in other libraries around the county.

With a little help from the champions, residents can get online for the first time, or  learn a range of new skills including how to upload digital photos, hunt for jobs, shop and bank online and keep in touch with family and friends using Facebook, email or Skype.

Northumberland County Councillor Cath Homer, Cabinet Member for arts, leisure, tourism and culture said:
“ Around the county there are still hundreds of people who are digitally isolated because they don’t know how to use a computer.  

“ The internet is a tool that everyone can use for their  benefit and our digital champions can help residents gain the skills needed to keep up with the digital revolution, all within the comfort of their local library. ”

Digital champions are available to assist at:
Amble Library -   By appointment ask at library or telephone 01665 710419
Berwick Library -    By appointment on a Wednesday 2-4pm  Ask at library or telephone 01670 626097 to book a slot on a Wednesday.
Cramlington Library - By appointment on a Wednesday.  Ask at library or telephone 01670 620394 to book a slot.
Hexham Library  - By appointment (Wednesday 10am - 12pm, 1pm - 3pm)  Ask at library or telephone 01670 620450 to book a slot. There are also Drop in IT help sessions every Wednesday 2pm - 3pm that you can just turn up to.
Haltwhistle Library  - On a Monday 1.30-3.30pm  Just drop in, no need to book.  You can contact the library on 01434 321863
Rothbury Library  - By appointment.  Ask at library or telephone 01669 620428 to book a slot.

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