A national roadshow giving people free advice and help with using the internet is coming to Dumfries and Galloway.
With almost 17% of people in Scotland missing out on the benefits of being online, the Scottish Government’s Let’s Get Online campaign is set to help people across Scotland get online with a nationwide roadshow.
From keeping in touch with friends and family and searching for jobs, to managing bills and watching catch-up TV, the campaign aims to highlight the benefits the internet can provide.
A free drop-in sessions will take place in the Jobcentre Plus, 10-12 John St, Stranraer on 21 July from 9am to 5pm.
Trained and friendly staff will host the sessions and help people experience the benefits of being online first hand by providing people with one-to-one support for a variety of online activities such as how to search for jobs, set up an email address, tips for safe internet shopping and banking and how to video call friends and family.
Maurice Hughes, aged 70 from Sandhead. has been going along to the Sandhead Learning & Internet Centre (SLIC). Before going along to SLIC, he didn’t have the confidence to use the internet frequently and was concerned his computer might get a virus.
SLIC helped Maurice to get anti-viral protection software to ensure his computer was protected. Now Maurice uses his computer and the internet as part of his daily life. Maurice’s daughter moved to Shetland last September, and he has been able to stay in touch with her via email, which is a key benefit of being online for Maurice.
TV presenter Carol Smillie, an ambassador for the Let’s Get Online campaign, said: “It’s not long ago that I struggled with emailing and now I’m able to edit my own family movie clips. My son helps me out with the tricky stuff but I’ve spent some time getting up to speed with the online world and now I think I’m pretty good. It just goes to show that it is never too late to have a go and get involved.”