National online roadshow set to visit Angus

Ambassador Carol Smillie with digital learner Tom Kane (81).

Ambassador Carol Smillie with digital learner Tom Kane (81).

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The “Let’s Get Online” campaign, a national roadshow giving people free advice and help with using the internet, is coming to Angus.

With almost 17 per cent 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 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.

The free drop-in sessions will take place in Angus on the following dates, times and locations: Asda Forfar Superstore, 1 New Rd, Forfar, DD8 2AE on June 23 from 10am to 6pm; Jobcentre Plus, Service Rd, Forfar, DD8 3HY on June 24 from 9am to 5pm; Lidl, Brechin Road, Montrose, DD10 9BP on June 25 from 10am to 5pm.

The team of trained and friendly staff will help people experience the benefits of being online first hand by providing one-to-one support for a variety of online activities. These include, 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.

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 – it’s easier than you think.”

“Social media is really important for my business and I think the internet is great for keeping in touch with family and friends. I think it is important for those not online to take the first step and the Let’s Get Online free informal sessions are a great place to start. Whether you want to learn how you can keep in touch with friends and family, search for a job, manage your bills and banking, or watch catch-up TV, there’s so much you can do online to make your life a little easier and more fun.”

The Let’s Get Online roadshow is supported by an information line, about other learning centres and courses in the local area, which people can call on 0300 004 1000. Those online who know friends or family that would benefit from information about how to get online, should visit www.letsgetonline.scot.