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Get connected and get online this week!

18 October 2021

Do you need some extra help and support to improve your digital skills? This week is Get Online Week, where local community organisations will be hosting events to help you get online and stay connected! 

With so much information now online, for those who struggle using modern technology and don’t have the skills they need navigate the world wide web, it can be frustrating and can result in increased loneliness and isolation, reduced access to jobs and education and can even be damaging for your heath. The COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdowns have shown us how important digital skills are to our wellbeing and safety. 

Richmond Libraries are hosting three sessions at the Old Town Hall, Richmond, TW9 1TP, designed to help people feel more confident about getting online. The sessions are free to attend, and booking is required. 

The sessions are as follows: 

  • Staying Safe Online, Monday 18 October at 2.30pm 
  • Safe Shopping and Banking, Wednesday 20 October at 2.30pm 
  • eBooks and Audiobooks, Friday 22 October at 2.30pm 

Age UK Richmond also run Connect to Tech sessions and have helpful guides on using Zoom, doing online shopping and using Amazon. 

If you are a community organisation in Richmond upon Thames and you are hosting a Get Online Week event, please contact the Council to let them know your plans so that we can help spread the word. The week runs from Monday 18 to Sunday 24 October 2021. 

Cllr Piers Allen, Lead member for Adult Social Care and Health and Chair of the Richmond Health and Wellbeing Board, said: 

"Digital inclusion is about making sure that people can use the internet to do things that benefit them day to day. Being online can help you stay connected to the people you love, improve your health and wellbeing and save money. But it is also increasingly becoming more of a necessity, and the COVID-19 crisis has shown how important and empowering it is to be able to connect digitally for vital services, paying bills, ordering your shopping, schooling, work or accessing Universal Credit. If you are not confident using the internet, I would highly recommend you coming along to one of the sessions at the Old Town Hall."

Earlier this month Richmond Council hosted a Full of Life Online Fair to provide residents aged 55+ with the information they need to live independent and happy lives. Numerous sessions spoke about technology, for example an introduction to the eLibrary, how to spot an online scam and how technology can help with independent living. These sessions were recorded and are available on YouTube

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Updated: 18 October 2021