Henley Library is hosting a couple of “Try 1 Thing” events as part of the national Get Online Week which aims to help 15.2 million people in the UK who are not making full use of the internet. The campaign is encouraging them to take a next step toward crossing the digital divide – by asking them to Try 1 Thing – use the internet to do just one thing that they usually do offline.
The sessions will help people to do their first online shopping experience or video call, setting up online banking, GP appointments or benefit claims, or applying for a job online – anything that they haven’t had the skills or confidence to try before now.
It’s not just for those who have never used a computer or tablet. Millions of people who can use a smartphone to read the news, use Facebook, or send online messages, aren’t able to undertake more complex online tasks like filling in forms and finding reliable advice and information. They’re missing out on all the financial, social and health benefits the internet offers.
For these people, choosing just one task that they’ve not previously done online and the getting the help they need to get started, can be a big next step to becoming a more confident user of the internet. They just need to go along to a local Get Online Week event to Try 1 Thing!
The events at Henley Library are taking place on Monday 2 October from 10.00 – 13.00 and on Wednesday 4 October from 9.30 – 11.00. They are drop in sessions but if anyone has any queries or wants to be sure of a place they should call the library on 01865 815278.