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Published: Thursday, 28th September 2017

Residents invited to pop along on 5 October and ‘try 1 thing’

Get Online Week 2017 is here to help the ​15.2 million people in the UK who are not making full use of the internet.​ Running from 2 - 8 October, the campaign is encouraging people to take the next step to being more confident and independent online, by asking them to ​Try 1 Thing - ​use the internet to do just one thing that they usually​ ​do​ ​offline.

It could be their first online shopping experience or video call, setting up online banking, GP appointments or benefit claims, or applying for a job online - anything that they haven’t had the skills or confidence to try before now.

Get Online Week will see events in community venues across the UK - libraries, village halls, Jobcentres and more - with friendly staff and volunteers helping people to take their next steps online.

Helen Milner OBE, Chief Executive of Good Things Foundation, the charity behind Get Online Week, says: “In today’s world, using Facebook or checking the weather online isn’t enough to make someone a truly digital citizen. Millions of people are still missing out on the huge benefits the internet can offer.

“Campaigns like Get Online Week are a great way for us not only to raise awareness of digital exclusion, still a massive problem even in 2017, but also to reach new people still nervous about doing more online.”

South Essex Homes have hired the SOS bus for the day and will be parked up opposite the Odeon Cinema, in Southend from 10am-4pm on Thursday 5th October. Residents are invited to bring along their own technology and access the ‘mifi’ portable wifi or a range of laptops and tablets will also be available.