Christchurch-based charity The Water Lily Project is joining forces with national campaign Get Online Week - 19 to 25 October - to give free support to anyone struggling with our online world. This campaign is supported by The Good Things Foundation which supports digitally and socially excluded people to improve their lives through digital knowledge.
Although so much of our lives are played out on online now with internet banking, online shopping and even socialising, it’s staggering to consider that 4.1 million people in the UK are not online and 11.9 million people have low digital skills.
Liz Carter, manager of The Water Lily Project said: “Covid has left us with a world that presumes people are computer literate and has forced us all to rely on computers even more for the basic things in life. Many people are not computer savvy so finding a job or even just banking online can be an enormous challenge for them.”
The charity is offering two levels of free support. Based at the charity’s community café in Barrack Road in Christchurch, an IT suite is available to offer one to one training every Wednesday from 10.15am to 1.45pm. Places must be booked in advance to adhere to Covid guidelines and social distancing rules.
Because of Covid restrictions, there will also be free support available over the phone during Get Online Week. Water Lily Project IT Manager Colin Bennett explains: “Most people do have a mobile phone or land-line so we are offering people who don’t feel comfortable coming into the computer suite to chat through their digital dilemmas over the phone.
Whether it’s an online application you need help with, maybe you want to get to grips with Google or familiar with Facebook or learn to send an email, these sessions can help get you up to speed. Our aim is to support people of all ages to feel confident about getting online.”
PLACES MUST BE BOOKED
To book a one to one computer training session at The Water Lily Project computer suite or a one to one over the phone call 01202 246763 (answerphone available out of hours) or if you have access to email, contact firstname.lastname@example.org