Learn how to get online all year round

(Published on 11/12/2017)

For this year’s Get Online Week (2-8 October), Surrey County Council teamed-up with partners Surrey Libraries, Age UK Surrey, Citizens Advice Surrey, Healthwatch Surrey, and Sight for Surrey and more/others to host 52 free computing events to encourage older people and people with disabilities to try using the internet. With an increasing number of services moving online, such as applying for or renewing your Blue Badge, using online GP services, renewing library books online, or finding out if you’re eligible for social care support, it’s never too late to find out how the internet can help make your life easier, cheaper and more fun.

This year’s theme was try one thing online that you’d normally do in real life – such as shopping, banking, ordering prescriptions, booking a doctor’s appointment or even talking face to face with friends or family. Events ranged from setting up email and social media accounts to completing online application forms and learning to use video call technology.

The Get Online Week events were a real success - people who went along gave positive feedback and found their session helpful and as a result would like to try and do more online: “Very helpful and enjoyable session, giving me more confidence on my laptop" and "Excellent! Very helpful session. Learned a great deal."

 

Many of the computing courses that ran during Get Online Week are available all year round, please see our list of year round events that are provided over Surrey. You can also take a look at our signposting sheet where you can find information about other organisations over Surrey, what they can provide you and their contact details.