Get Online Week runs from 14th - 20th October and is all about encouraging and supporting people to get online. Did you know that two-thirds of people aged over 75 and three out of ten aged 65 to 74 don’t use the internet? These people are missing on a range of things from public services, to community support to savings that can be made through shopping online.
There are events happening across the country for Get Online Week, you can see what's happening by visiting the interactive map. We've included just some of the events happening across Scotland below (NB: all events are correct at time of publishing - 27/09/2019 - but please check the event website for up to date information):
#Get online 2019, Castle Douglas
Wednesday 16th October, 1.30pm - 4.30pm
Join the Castle Douglas IT Centre for this drop in session to find out more about navigating the online world safely and the opportunities it can offer. Find out more.
Get Online at Gillespie Crescent, Edinburgh
Friday 18th October, 10am - 12pm.
The Tap into IT Club welcomes any older person (60+) and their open session on 18th October will give people a chance to explore what the internet has to offer and have a go at doing a task that they've been meaning to do online but might not have had the confidence to do alone. Find out more.
Tap Into IT run four computer clubs in Edinburgh year round, so don't worry if you or your loved one can't make this event.
Getting Merkinch Online, Inverness
Friday 18th October, 10am - 3pm
This event is open to anyone who is not confident online and will give visitors the chance to get to know the basics of a laptop, how to get online, using search engines, searching websites for information, creating and using an e-mail account, introduction to social media and interent safety. Find out more.
Paisley Central Get Online Week, Paisley
Friday 18th October, 11am - 3pm
This event is open to all ages and Digiteers will be on hand to answer questions. There will be a range of activities, including some focused on new technologies. Find out more.
More events will be added to the website in the run up to Get Online Week, so be sure to check their interactive map for updates. If you know of an event, comment below and let others know too.
It's not just during Get Online Week that help and support is at hand, there are a range of organisations who offer support year round, including:
- Ace IT (Edinburgh) - they have regular drop ins where people (aged 50 or over) can get one to one advice and support on using any digital device. Users need to book a slot and make a donation to the organisation (suggested minimum donation of £5 per one hour session).
- Scottish Seniors Computer Clubs (Various) - are a range of clubs across Edinburgh, West Lothian, East Lothian and Falkirk. The clubs are open to those aged over 50 to learn more about how to use digital devices.
- Silver City Surfers (Aberdeen) - are a small local charity who help older people get online and support people to use modern technology. They have a range of drop in sessions throughout the week (no booking required).
Do you know of any other organisations? Let us know in the comments below.