The UK biggest digital inclusion campaign, Get Online Week, returns to Herefordshire this month.

The UK biggest digital inclusion campaign, Get Online Week, returns to Herefordshire this month.

Get Online Week, running from 15th to 21st October, aims to help people get started using the internet and computers.

Herefordshire Council and the Fastershire broadband project are offering a series of free training and drop-in sessions for local people across the county, with workshops taking place in Hereford, Ross-on-Wye, Leominster, Ledbury and Kington libraries, as well as a 5-week course at The Kindle Centre in Hereford.  These include sessions on how to search for information online, using smartphones and tablets, and sending emails.

Other organisations in Herefordshire are also providing computer training as part of Get Online Week, including The HOPE Centre in Bromyard offering a Drop-In Computer Club, and Hereford’s The Skills Mill and Age UK in Ross-on-Wye providing computer taster sessions.

Councillor Harlow, cabinet member for economy and corporate services responsible for the Fastershire project, said “The internet offers so many opportunities, from keeping in contact with family and friends, to banking and paying your bills but it’s vital that people feel confident to go online.”

“As Fastershire brings faster broadband to more parts of the county we want to ensure that everyone in the community can benefit and that’s why Fastershire and Herefordshire Council are supporting Get Online Week again this year.”

For more information about Get Online Week, visit www.fastershire.com/get-online-week.

About Fastershire

Fastershire is a partnership between Gloucestershire County Council and Herefordshire Council to bring faster broadband to the two counties, with funding from central government’s Broadband Delivery UK matched by the local authorities.

  • Phase 1 of the project, in partnership with BT, will see the majority of Herefordshire and Gloucestershire having access to fibre broadband, with all premises in the project area being able to access a minimum of 2Mbps.
  • Phase 2 of the project will extend fibre coverage further across the both counties. The Cotswolds is the first area to move into phase 2, with a contract awarded to Gigaclear which will make ultrafast speeds available to over 6,500 of the most difficult to reach rural homes and businesses.
  • The full Phase 2 rollout schedule to 2017 is available www.fastershire.com/phase2
  • Fastershire’s new broadband strategy for 2015-2018 is available at www.fastershire.com/strategy

Fastershire’s ultimate aim is that by 2018 there will be access to broadband speeds of 24Mbps and above for all who need it.

Published: Monday, 8th October 2018