A national campaign to reach the 9 million people in the UK who are
unable to use the internet fully returns next week - held virtually for the
first time ever.
As the UK is thrown into a harsh Winter with intensifying restrictions,
Get Online Week will see hyperlocal community partners assist and facilitate
digital learners at hundreds of events.
For the first time in the campaign’s 15 year history, community organisations
will run hundreds of life-transforming events in a variety of locations - all
with no cost to the attendees. These COVID-safe events will minimise the need
for in-person contact, with local support for those needing help to get online.
Pandemic restrictions show the internet is an essential skill critical for
everyday life. It allows almost half of all British workers to work from
home1, helps isolated
people stay connected, and makes sure children can stay on track with their
schooling. 4 out of 5 people polled in a recent survey say digital technology
has been a vital support to them in lockdown, and 78% say the pandemic has
escalated the importance of digital skills.2
However, 7.6m workers are facing
redundancy or reduced hours and pay due to COVID-193, and 82% of jobs required digital skills,
even before the pandemic4.
Improving the UK's digital capability is the solution. It will reduce the
devastating economic fallout of the pandemic by protecting livelihoods, in turn
will improving the wellbeing of millions of people.
Supported by BT and the Department for Education, Get Online Week is here to
help make sure that everyone in the UK has access to free, friendly and local
support to improve their digital skills.
From Zoom interview masterclasses and CV workshops to online coffee mornings and
Skype quizzes, events right across the UK will help people grow their essential
digital skills and confidence with digital.
Get Online Week is delivered by Good Things Foundation, the UK’s leading social
and digital inclusion organisation. The charity helps people develop and improve
their digital skills and teaches them how to use the internet safely and
confidently, so they can be happier, healthier and better off.
Helen Milner, Chief Executive at Good Things Foundation says:
“Now more than ever, digital skills are critical to the wellbeing of the
most vulnerable people in our society. Locked-out and locked down, they’re
facing a bleak winter.
Get Online Week will begin to transform the lives and experiences of the 9
million who lack confidence, helping them find the support and resources they
need to stay connected to society and essential Government services.”
Marc Allera, CEO of BT’s consumer brands says: ““As our
world becomes increasingly reliant on technology, having the skills and
confidence to access digitally-enabled services has never been more important –
whether that’s being able to message a loved one on WhatsApp, or order groceries
or prescription medicines online.
“It is clear these services are a lifeline for millions of people across the
UK and we have a responsibility to make sure those with lower digital skills are
not left behind, especially in the face of such uncertain times. This is why we
are proud to support Get Online Week 2020, so we can continue our work to ensure
everyone is able to learn the skills they need to access vital services and stay
connected to friends and family.”
If you’d like to take your next step to making more of the internet - or want to
help someone else do so - you can find your nearest Get Online Week event at www.getonlineweek.com.