Campaign to offer events and resources to bridge digital divide

25 Sep 2015, 1:02 pm

Organisations nationwide, including local authorities, are invited to use a range of free resources to help residents use the internet during Get Online Week next month.

Aligned Assets_lady_on_rockGet Online Week, from 12 – 18 October, raises awareness of the benefits of using the internet and encourages people who lack the skills, or have never been online before to benefit from using the internet.

This year the Tinder Foundation campaign focuses on how the internet can make completing any task, and life in general, easier.

The annual campaign aims to help tens of thousands of people realise the benefits of being online via events taking place across the country in venues including community centres, libraries, job centres and doctors’ surgeries.

Events will be held by Tinder Foundation’s network of 5,000 ‘community partners’ and any organisation is invited to hold its own event by registering as a Get Online Week event holder at www.getonlineweek.com.

According to non-profit social enterprise Tinder Foundation, there are 10.5 million adults lacking the skills they need to succeed “in today’s digital society”. They say 90% of vacancies require digital skills, affecting the 1.8 million unemployed people currently looking for a job, for example.

CEO Helen Milner said: “Our aim is to ensure everyone can experience the benefits of being online. After the huge success of last year’s campaign in which we reached over 80,000 people, we want to make this year even better. Whether you’ve never touched a computer or tablet before, or just need some pointers, there’s a Get Online Week event out there for you.”

Get Online Week has helped almost 500,000 people to gain the skills and confidence to use the internet since 2006. It is supported by corporate, public and third sector partners, Other campaign partners include the Post Office, E.ON, Remploy, Public Libraries 2020, Government Digital Service and Go ON UK.

Find a local event near you or call 0800 77 1234 (calls are free).