Get Online Week

14 – 20 October 2019

Get Online Week, by the Good Things Foundation say: “Get more out of life online!

5.3 million people have never been online in the UK and there are 11.9 million people who don’t have the essential digital skills to navigate life and work.

This October partners, volunteers and communities will come together to make sure that everyone can take part in the digital world. Thousands of events will take place in hundreds of communities, providing a friendly and welcoming way to help people take the next step on their online journey, building skills and improving lives along the way”.

What can your library do for you?

With your Hampshire Library membership you have free access to the library computers. You can book a computer in branch or online for your convenience. At most libraries there is a scanner available for you to use free of charge. There are also printing and photocopying facilities available at a charge.

You can also bring in your own device and use the library’s free WiFi!

IT Volunteers

Some Hampshire Libraries hold one to one sessions with an IT volunteer who can help you learn basic skills on the computer or on your device. There are sessions held at Lee-on-Solent Library, Elson Library, Bridgemary Library, Stubbington Library, Alton Library, Ringwood Library & Winchester Discovery Centre. To check when those sessions are click here.

If you can’t find your library online, check with your local branch as they may run sessions.

Becoming an IT Volunteer

If you are keen on all things digital and would like to help others learn new skills that will help them in their personal lives and working lives, then becoming an IT volunteer would be perfect for you.

Just pop into your local library and ask!

Here are some questions answered by one of our fantastic IT volunteers based at Fordingbridge Library:

1.                    What made you decide to become an IT volunteer?

I retired early and wanted to do something useful with the IT knowledge I had gained at work and at home over many years.  I saw the request for volunteers at the local library and thought, why not?!

2.                    What do you enjoy about volunteering?

It is rewarding to give informal guidance which can be tailored to an individuals needs and see people get more from their IT whether smart phone, tablet or PC.

3.                    Why would you recommend volunteering to someone else?

If you have some useful skills to share and want to give something back to the community then it is worth thinking about.  It is a great way to meet different people and share experiences.

4.                    Have you gained any more knowledge that you didn’t know prior to volunteering?

I have certainly learned that different people need an approach tailored to their background and capabilities, and not to ‘bite off more than I can chew’.  There is scope to learn a lot more by getting more involved, if that is what you want.

Digital Champion sessions during Get Online Week

Drop in at one of the libraries below for assistance with your devices, such as phones, tablets and laptops. They will also be able to give you general advice around all things digital.

Monday 14 October, 10am – 2pm at Lymington Library

Tuesday 15 October, 10am – 2pm at New Milton Library

Wednesday 16 October, 10am -2pm at Ringwood Library

Thursday 17 October, 10am – 2pm at Totton Library

Friday 18 October, 10am – 2pm at Hythe Library

Ask at your library for more information about these sessions!

Learning in Libraries

Many Hampshire Libraries hold a range of learning courses which include Get to know your iPad, Basic computer skills, amongst others. These are fantastic sessions run by a tutor who will help you to start your journey online.

Find courses and book your places through our online shop here: https://bit.ly/2E1Xy3S

Learn to Code with Micro:bits

You can borrow Micro:bits, which are pocket sized computers, from Hampshire Libraries free of charge. The Micro:bits can be used to create games and many other uses!

There’s so much you can utilise in your local library to help you get online or brush up on your digital skills!

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