Get online this week

High speed fibre broadband is available to around 2,700 homes and businesses in Rothesay as of this week.
High speed fibre broadband is available to around 2,700 homes and businesses in Rothesay as of this week.

There are 10.5 million adults lacking the skills they need to succeed in today’s digital society – and this week the Tinder Foundation aims to bridge that digital divide.

The foundation has designated this as Get Online Week, a national campaign aiming to raise awareness of the benefits of using the internet.

Over the next seven days, the campaign aims to help tens of thousands of people realise the benefits of being online, focussing on how the internet can make completing any task, and life in general, easier.

Led by Tinder Foundation’s network of 5000 community partners, thousands of events will take place across the country in venues of all shapes and sizes, from community centres to libraries, jobcentres to surgeries, encouraging people who lack the skills, or have never been online before to use the internet to its fullest.

This is the ninth annual Get Online Week, and since 2006 the campaign has helped almost 500,000 people to gain the skills and confidence needed to use the internet,

Helen Milner, CEO of Tinder Foundation explained: “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.”