Don’t get left behind in the digital revolution

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A national roadshow giving people free advice and help with using the internet is coming to East Dunbartonshire.

Nationally almost 17 per cent of people in Scotland are missing out on the benefits of being online, according to the Scottish Government’s Let’s Get Online roadshow campaign which is being rolled out across Scotland.

From keeping in touch with friends and family and searching for jobs, to managing bills and watching catch-up TV, the campaign aims to highlight the benefits the internet can provide.

The campaign kicked off at the end of last month and runs until July 22. It will offer free, informal, one-to-one, drop-in sessions on how to get online.

The sessions in East Dunbartonshire on will take place at Hillhead Community Centre, 169 Meiklehill Road, Kirkintilloch, G66 2JT on June 29 from 10am to 3pm.

Jeane Freeman, Minister for Social Security and Older People, said: “One in six of people in Scotland are missing out on the benefits of being online and we want to change that. We are committed to helping reduce social isolation amongst all age groups - being online can help reduce this risk while providing a better quality of life and improve education, health, wealth and well-being.

“We want to give people the support and knowledge they need to have the confidence to get online. These free sessions are taking place throughout Scotland and will provide vital advice to help those who are not online to make the first steps.

“TV presenter Carol Smillie, an ambassador for the Let’s Get Online campaign, said: “It’s not long ago that I struggled with emailing and now I’m able to edit my own family movie clips. My son helps me out with the tricky stuff but I’ve spent some time getting up to speed with the online world and now I think I’m pretty good. It just goes to show that it is never too late to have a go and get involved – don’t be afraid it’s easier than you think.”

“Social media is really important for my business and I think the internet is great for keeping in touch with family and friends. I think it is important for those not online to take the first step and the Let’s Get Online free informal sessions are a great place to start. Whether you want to learn how you can keep in touch with friends and family, search for a job, manage your bills and banking, or watch catch-up TV, there’s so much you can do online to make your life a little easier and more fun.”

The Let’s Get Online roadshow is supported by an information line which people can call on 0300 004 1000 to find out where and when their nearest session is, as well as information about other learning centres and courses in their local area. Those online who know friends or family that would benefit from information about how to get online, should visit www.letsgetonline.scot.