National campaign sees Northumberland get more out of life online
11 Oct 2019
Next week will see Get Online Week help Northumberland residents learn that getting the most out of the internet can be easy and fun.
Running from October 14 - October 20, Get Online Week 2019 will see hundreds of community events take place across the country. The campaign is aiming to help everyone find the opportunity to get more out of life online - whether that’s using the internet to find work, save money, stay healthy or just have fun!
Northumberland Libraries will be holding Get Online Week events at libraries across the county and there’ll be lots of friendly support for anyone who wants to start doing a bit more online - and it’s absolutely free. Techy Tea Parties will be taking place at:
Ashington Library - Monday 14 October at 10am - 12pm
Morpeth Library - Wednesday 16 October at 10am - 12pm
Hexham Library - Wednesday 16 October at 2pm - 4pm
Prudhoe Library - Thursday 17 October at 10am - 12pm
Cramlington Library - Friday 18 October at 10am -12pm
Free refreshments will be available as will other freebies. No need to book, just drop in. Everyone who attends one of these events will have the opportunity to be entered into a free prize draw to win a tablet.
Learn how to send an email, shop from your sofa, keep in contact with your friends or relatives, search the internet for information, manage your money with online banking or read free eBooks and eMagazines online.
If you need help with your own tablet or device bring it along and library staff can help you.
There will also be the chance to find out more about the 1-1 free sessions we have available in libraries to help people improve their digital skills.
Cllr Cath Homer, cabinet member for Culture, Arts, Leisure and Tourism said: “Almost 12 million people in the UK don’t have all the skills they need to make the most of the internet, and more than 4 million people are completely offline1. So we’re doing our bit to help bring these numbers down.
“Even if you send the odd email, use Facebook or read the news on your phone, you could still be missing out on so much. And getting the most out of the internet doesn’t have to be scary - just come along and give it a try!
“People can contact their local library to find out more, or just pop in and see what’s happening. The more the merrier and everyone’s welcome!”
For more information about Get Online Week events in Northumberland, contact your local library. To find other local events, call 0800 100 900 and ask for help with digital skills, or visit www.getonlineweek.com/map