Residents living in the Valleys who are unable to use computers or the internet are being encouraged to sign up for a series of free workshops to equip them with the skills they need to benefit from the digital revolution.
Special events are being held across the area next week to mark ‘Get Online Week,’ a nationwide drive to encourage people without these skills to learn how to log on and start using the worldwide web in their daily lives.
Latest figures show that almost one in five Welsh adults has never used the internet; many of these being older people or those living in disadvantaged communities.
Running from 13th to 19th October, Get Online Week is a UK-wide campaign that is supported in Wales by digital inclusion project Communities 2.0, a Welsh Government programme and part of the Delivering a Digital Wales strategy.
Cathryn Marcus of Communities 2.0 said: “We are encouraging people to attend one of the events in their area over the coming week to access free training and advice in order to help them undertake online tasks such as shopping and banking with ease.
“Four out of five people in Wales already use the internet and many of them are very good at it, but there are still 20% who still can’t use the web and are missing out on huge opportunities to alter the way they go about their day-to-day lives as a result.
Events in the Rhondda include;
- Tuesday 14/10/14 – Open Access, Gilfach Goch Community Association – 1 – 3 pm : Drop in ICT support
- Wednesday 15/10/14 – Work Club, Gilfach Goch Community Association, 10 am – 12 pm : Work club support, CV, Job Search, Applications etc.
- Thursday 16/10/14 – Work Club , Capel Farm Resource Centre – 9 am – 12 pm /1 pm – 4 pm: Work Club support, CV, application forms, online job search.
- Friday 17/10/14 – Open Access, Gilfach Goch Community Association -1 pm – 3 pm
- Friday 17/10/14, – First Click, Barclays Bank Pontypridd – 10am – 12 pm
- Friday 17/10/14, – First Click, Barclays Bank Treorchy – 2 – 4 pm
Further information is available from 0845 474 8282 or from local libraries, drop-in centres, post offices or other community venues.
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