Digital Minister kicks off Get Online Week
17 Oct 2016
Residents in Girton, Cambridge kicked off a national campaign to inspire people to improve their digital skills and were joined by the Minister of State for Digital and Culture Matt Hancock.
The event marked the beginning of Get Online Week and gave people without basic technical know how the chance to try the internet first-hand, see how being online could make life easier, cheaper and healthier, and even take part in a digital photography project to create a community calendar for 2017.
The drop-in session at St Vincent's Close Sheltered Housing in Girton was part of a campaign that will see more than 5,000 events nationwide aiming to give people the opportunity to gain basic digital skills with entry-level courses to learn tools such as mouse skills, how to set up email accounts and how to do basic Google searches.
The Minister spoke to visitors about their digital skills and experience and how it could benefit their lives.
He said “It’s clear everyone can benefit by being online – whether it’s to save on shopping bills, access essential services or simply to write or chat with loved ones.
Get Online Week is a great opportunity for people to get to grips with digital technology and I encourage people to get to an event. It was fantastic to meet such an enthusiastic and engaged group and see first hand how the Internet can benefit their lives.
We are determined to make sure everyone has the opportunity to get online. To help make that happen we have recently committed to making sure all adults in England who need it can receive free training in basic digital skills."
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