70% of mums don't have online skills

It’s a New Year, and UK online centres are setting people a new challenge – to make going online one of their New Year’s Resolutions!

The Go ON get more out of life online campaign kicks off 17 January and will run for four weeks, with Go ON activities taking pace at around 1,500 venues across England – including UK online centres, Jobcentre Plus offices, libraries and community centres. 

More than 30 million of us use the internet everyday in the UK. 

More than half of all leisure travel is now booked online, 90% of all new jobs require basic internet skills and more than seven million jobs were posted online last year. 

But there are still 9.2 million adults in the UK who have never used the internet, and are missing out on the benefits, opportunities and savings it can provide.  What’s more, the problem is worst for those already at a disadvantage. 

If you’re older, disabled or on a low income, you're far more likely to be offline. 

The Whiddon Valley community centre in Barnstaple is key to the campaign in Devon.

LISTEN HERE: Andy Ballantyne went to see it in action

This event follows on from last years very successful "Get Online Week" and is designed to help and encourage people to access online services such as;

  • Public services and government websites
  • Online banking
  • Benefit checks and applications
  • Shopping online
  • Social networking
  • Paying bills and insurance searches
  • Plus many more

We will be holding free 1 hour sessions every Tuesday-Thursday morning between 17th January 2011 and 14th February 2011

The session times are 9:45-10:45 and 11:00-12:00 and must be pre booked by calling the centre on 01271 372396

Everyone who attends a session on this course and then books and attends 3 further sessions will be entered into a free competition to win a brand new laptop computer!

If you have any queries or want some more information please call the Community Centre on the number above for more details.

For more info on your nearest 'Gon on Get online centre': CLICK HERE