Get Online Week 2018 is coming. From 15-21 October, thousands of events will take place across the UK, helping people without the skills they need to make the most of the internet - and you can get involved.
Why it is so important? The internet has the power to increase employability, reduce isolation and improve health and wellbeing, as well as help people save money and connect them to the things they love - but too many people are still missing out.
4.3 million people in the UK have no Basic Digital Skills and 11.3 million people have only limited abilities online. This means that almost 30% of the UK population is missing out on the benefits of the internet that so many of us take for granted.
Get Online Week 2018 will give these people the opportunity to #Try1Thing - do just one new thing online as a next step to improving their digital skills.
How can I get involved?
- Hold an event
Reach out to your members or those you work with and help them #Try1Thing. Just grab a few laptops or tablets and invite your members along for a digital drop in.
Register as a Get Online Week event holder and you’ll also receive an event pack to help you publicise your events and celebrate the campaign.
Events can be drop in sessions that invite new people in to troubleshoot their digital challenges; it could be an afternoon of digital competitions and quizzes that help internet beginners to improve their skills by finding the answers to questions. There are no limits on how a Get Online Week can illuminate the possibilities opened up by getting online.
- Volunteer your time and skills
Closer to the campaign, our event map will appear on www.getonlineweek.com so you can see what Get Online Week events are happening near you. Why not get in touch and offer your support?
Volunteer needs will vary from event holder to event holder, so try to find out how you can best help and offer any specialist skills you have
- Spread the word!
We know that not everyone can hold an event but we’d still love you shout about Get Online Week and how important digital skills are. You could use your communications channels to encourage people who want help to find a Get Online Week event. Signpost them to the map at www.getonlineweek.com or to call 0800 77 1234.
Alternatively take a few moments to shout about Get Online Week on social media. The more voices that join together to shout “#try1thing”, the greater reach the campaign will have. You can find out more and find some easy to use templates and assets on the website.
Whatever you do this Get Online Week, remember that everyone can #Try1Thing to improve their digital skills!