Get Online…

16.10.2020

Get Online Week is one of the biggest digital inclusion campaigns in the UK.

The theme for 2020 is ‘Now’s the Time to Get Online’

Taking place in October each year, Get Online Week brings people together at thousands of events across the country, celebrating digital inclusion and helping people to learn new digital skills.

Why it is important

In the UK 4.1 million people are not online and 11.9 million people are lacking the essential digital skills they need.

The impact of Covid-19

This year has been a difficult year. The Covid pandemic has shone a spotlight on the importance of staying connected.

While we can’t meet face-to-face, video calls are helping us keep in touch and do things we enjoy and even try new things like dancing at home.

Being online enables us to get help and support when we need it, find important information and access health services and employment support. It also helps with practical things like buying essentials online.

Being online has also helped many of us work and volunteer from home. 

In this ever increasingly digital world, being online is important for many things in life, especially in these difficult times. But not everyone is able to get online.

Get Online Week helps people build confidence and learn new digital skills.

Go Online – Try Something New (21 October 2020)

As part of Get Online Week (19 – 25 October) Age-friendly Cheshire West’s Digital Inclusion group are providing a whole day of online activities to encourage older residents to ‘try something new’ and help increase their digital confidence.

This includes keeping in touch with people, attending online events and social groups, finding out what’s available in your local area and perhaps gaining a new hobby or interest.

So why not join members of OPAL for a coffee and a chat, take part in a quiz or take a walk-through history!

OPAL’s volunteers will be around to provide some friendly help, support and encouragement to get connected to the activities. They will be around throughout day on the 20 October. They will also be available during the event on the 21 October. You can get in touch by calling 07923 425239 before the event.

The main activities take place on Wednesday 21 October:

  • Keep on dancing 10 – 11am: Join Cheshire Dance in a taster session to get you moving
  • Coffee and chat 11am – 12pm: Fancy a natter? Join OPAL for some online Elevenses
  • Museums@home 12 – 12.30pm: Delve into the wonderful world of museums through 4 short films about their special collections
  • Online safety & scams 12.30 – 1.30pm: Cheshire Police will be on hand to guide you through some of the common scams and teach you how to be safe online
  • How to Live Well 1.30 – 2pm: Find out how to stay healthy and learn all about the support & opportunities available to you in Cheshire West
  • Libraries@home 2 – 2.30pm: In a series of short films, find out about the amazing online library resources, including music, newspapers & eMagazines
  • Afternoon tea 3 – 4pm: Another opportunity to meet likeminded people, with OPAL, and have a chat online
  • The memory game 3.30 – 4.30pm: Join Virginia in a museum quiz, identifying bygone objects and answering questions posed by residents, to test the memory
  • A walk through history 4.30 – 5.30pm: Archivist Lisa is your guide on a journey through Cheshire’s past using fantastic online resources including the Tithe Map website and Cheshire Image Bank
  • The Cheshire history quiz 6 – 7pm: How much do you know about where you live? Join in this fun quiz, with facts and photos from Cheshire Archive
  • Stay well over winter 6.30 – 7.30pm: Hear from GPs about how to stay well this winter. An interactive live session brought to your home through Cheshire Chat and NHS Cheshire CCG

To join a session, visit https://www.livewell.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/Information/onlineday

For help getting onto the activities call 07923 425239.

Please share with older family members, friends and neighbours who may be interested.

Why not join us

If you are a community group providing digital support to older residents to get online and would like to find out more about the Age-friendly Digital group get in touch at: InclusiveCommunities@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk