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Digital event helps people get online
Tuesday 30th July, 2013

A successful week-long event has helped nearly a thousand people in the borough learn about the benefits of using computers and the internet.

Organised by Wigan Council, the “Our Digital Planet” exhibition helped those who have little or no experience of using a computer to get online.

During the week, over 800 residents accessed information at the Get Online Bus, where staff were available to help them register for jobs, set up e-mail accounts and access online council services. There were 245 people who registered their interest in attending a Get Online course and 119 stated they would like to become a digital champion and contribute towards helping more people get online.

Those who registered their interest in attending a Get Online course were entered into a free prize draw to win an iPad mini or Google Nexus.

One of the prize winners was Dawn Faulkner, who won an iPad mini. She said: “My little boy seems to know more than me at the moment, which is why I registered my interest in attending a Get Online course. I will be able to learn some new skills and understand how to use the internet better.”

Councillor Chris Ready, Wigan Council Cabinet member for communications, said: “I am absolutely delighted with the success of “Our Digital Planet” and want to thank our partners for supporting and residents for taking part.

“It is great that hundreds of people have registered their interest in attending a Get Online course. In this day and age, more people than ever are using digital channels in their daily life, from staying in touch with family and friends to applying for jobs, and we don’t want residents in the borough who aren’t used to using technology to get left behind.”

The campaign to ensure people in the borough can use online facilities is part of Wigan Council’s digital inclusion strategy. This involves a range of partner organisations from housing, education, leisure and trade unions working together to make sure residents can use the internet, increase their job prospects, and are able to make a claim for Universal Credit, which can only be made online.

Residents can still access the Get Online Bus which is available at Tesco in Wigan on 7th and 14th August and Tesco in Hindley on 31st August from 10am - 4pm

If you’re interested in attending a free course, visit: www.wigan.gov.uk/getonline or call 01942 489009.

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