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GO online: Festival to encourage public to get online
Friday 4th April, 2014

An exciting new festival is running over the Easter holidays encouraging everyone to make the most of the digital world.

GO Fest includes talks from internet experts, classes for online beginners and activities for children and silver surfers.

Its being run by leisure provider WLCT and Wigan Council who have made getting people online a key part of The Deal its campaign to get the public to help the council change and save money.

Events begin on April 7 and run through to the end of the month. Highlights include Mark Quinn, head of sport science for Wigan Warriors, giving a master-class in how the club uses technology to beat opponents and story time for five-year-olds using iPads.

Councillor Terry Halliwell, Wigan Council cabinet member for service transformation, said: The digital world offers lots of exciting opportunities and we want to capture that and ensure everyone is aware of the benefits of online technology. Id encourage people to get involved and come along to some of the great events we have planned.

As part of The Deal, we want the public to use online resources more because it is an easy, efficient and safe way of doing lots of activities such as managing your money and ordering shopping. For the council, we want people to use our online services because that saves us money and enables us to provide a better service.

More information about GO Fest is available here: www.wigan.gov.uk/Resident/Education/Alternative-education/Go-Fest-2014.aspx

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