Tower Hamlets residents encouraged to get online

Get Online Week

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Tower Hamlets residents are being encouraged to embrace the digital world at a number of events across the borough.

The council have organised a host of free events for ‘Get Online Week’ – running from October 17 to 23, aiming to teach locals how to use computers and the Internet.

Get Online Week is a nationwide campaign which aims to “show people how the Internet can make life easier, cheaper, healthier and more fun.”

This week marks the campaign’s tenth year, A spokesperson said: “In the last decade we’ve helped almost 300,000 people discover the benefits of getting online.

“Internet and digital skills can help [people] find work, stay in touch with friends and family, take control of their health, and much, much more.”

Residents used last year’s Get Online Week events to learn how to set up email accounts, make the most of online banking and shopping, improve their job prospects and download free music.

“This year, we have another wide range of activities on offer including events to help residents learn how to help their children with homework, find out about their ancestors, build a computer and find a job.” Tower Hamlets council said.

Tower Hamlets Mayor, John Biggs, said: “With so much of the modern world moving online we are committed to ensuring that residents have free access to the Internet and the digital skills to make the most of online opportunities.”

Cllr David Edgar, cabinet member for Digital Inclusion said: “At a time when many people are struggling to make ends meet, it is increasingly important to make the most of online possibilities.

“Accessing the best utility offers, improving your employability and saving time by paying bills online are just a few of the ways that Getting Online can help.”

The events will be held in ‘Idea Stores’ – local libraries which offer adult learning courses and other events. There are several Idea stores located around Tower Hamlets in Canary Wharf, Whitechapel, Chirsp Street, Bethnal Green and Bow.

Get Online Week have already hosted a number of events in the borough, however there are still events  planned until the end of the week.

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