Hull residents encouraged to take part in Be Online campaign

Published: Friday 12th February 2016 by Tom Drinkall

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People across Hull are being encouraged to find out how the internet can change their lives as part of the national Be Online campaign, which runs from February 15-28.

Broadband provider KC will team up with Hull City Council, local housing associations and community centres at 18 events across the city to show residents how using the internet can make life easier and better.

KC community coordinator, Brendon Smurthwaite, runs regular ‘Get Online’ drop-in sessions at KC’s Learning Zone in Hull’s city centre, and he is urging people to take advantage of the activities on offer.

He said: “If you’ve got a spare hour, we’re on hand to show you how getting online could save you time, hassle and even money. Whether you want to get healthy, get connected, get a job or get a bargain, you could be doing it all – and more – by doing it online.

“It doesn’t matter if you’ve never touched a computer or tablet before or if you already know a bit – our friendly digital champions can help you start making the most of what the internet has to offer. It’s fun, it’s free, and it could change your day-to-day life forever.”

An estimated 5.9 million people in the UK have never been online, and 12.6 million do not have the digital skills to make the most of the opportunities the internet has to offer.

Two local residents who have taken advantage of help available to get online are Pat Spink, 76, and June Spokes, 73, who say a whole new world has opened up for them since completing a four-week internet course run by Hull Libraries at KC’s Learning Zone.

“I’d had a computer for about two years but couldn’t use it,” Pat said. “There was an advert on the noticeboard where we live which mentioned the library course so myself and two friends thought we’d give it a go.

“I really enjoyed the sessions and learned a lot during the four weeks. I didn’t know how to do an online search but can now go online and look for things like holidays and hotels.

“I’m now using the internet regularly and my grandchildren are always willing to pass on plenty of tips.”

June added: “Like Pat, I saw the course mentioned on our noticeboard and thought, ‘why not?’ I now use the internet for a number of different things, including finding the answers for puzzles in Take a Break magazine.

“Had I not attended the course then I wouldn’t be able to do that and I’m really glad I went along.”

People can follow in Pat and June’s footsteps by attending one of the free drop-in events taking place between 15-28 February.

A full events listing can be found below or by clicking here.

For more information about any of the events or about KC’s regular Get Online drop-in sessions, contact Brendon Smurthwaite on 01482 602831.

Date Location Time
Monday 15/02/2016 Pickering and Ferens Homes, Malin Lodge 9.30am-12noon
Tuesday 16/02/2016 KC Learning Zone, Carr Lane, Hull 9.30am-11.30am
Tuesday 16/02/2016 Pickering and Ferens Homes,  Ada Holmes Circle 9.30am-12noon
Tuesday 16/02/2016 Hull City Council, Wilson Centre 1.30-4pm
Wednesday 17/02/2016 Pickering and Ferens Homes, Broadway Manor 9.30am-12noon
Wednesday 17/02/2016 Hull City Council, Orchard Centre 1.30-4pm
Thursday 18/02/2016 Pickering and Ferens Homes, Humber View 9.30am-12noon
Thursday 18/02/2016 Freedom Centre, Preston Road 1.30-4pm
Friday 19/02/2016 Pickering and Ferens Homes, Christopher Pickering 9.30am-12noon
Friday 19/02/2016 KC Learning Zone, Carr Lane, Hull 9.30am-11.30am
Monday 22/02/2016 Hull Churches Housing Association, Priory Drive 1.30-4pm
Monday 22/02/2016 KC Learning Zone, Carr Lane, Hull 9:30am-11:30am
Tuesday 23/02/2016 Pennine Rambler, Pennine Way, North Bransholme 9.30am-12noon
Wednesday 24/02/2016 Bodmin Road Church, Padstow Road, Bransholme 1.30-4pm
Wednesday 24/02/2016 Freedom Centre, Preston Road, Hull 1.30-4pm
Thursday 25/02/2016 KC Learning Zone, Carr Lane, Hull 9.30am-11.30am
Thursday 25/02/2016 Hull Churches Housing Association, Monicas 9.30am-12noon
Friday 26/02/2016 Hull Churches Housing Association, St Barnabas 10am-12noon

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Published: Friday 12th February 2016 by Tom Drinkall

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