This October marks Get Online Week, an annual campaign by the Good Things Foundation that promotes the importance of digital skills in an increasingly online world.
Research has shown that 3.7 billion people are digitally excluded worldwide, including 13 million in the UK who lack the digital skills needed for work. The Good Things Foundation argues that a lack of access to digital can have a detrimental impact on a person’s life, leading to physical and mental health issues, social isolation and limited access to jobs and education. Get Online Week aims to raise awareness about digital exclusion and give people the tools they need to improve their digital skills.
The theme of this year’s campaign is Get Online, Get Connected, and events will take place across the UK between October 18th and 24th. There are several events taking place in the North East, including a Coffee, Cake and Computing session at Blaydon library in Gateshead and an event on disability and digital exclusion in Whitley Bay.
The campaign also provides a range of resources for those interested in setting up their own event.
To find out more and search for events in your local area, visit the Get Online Week website.