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Get Online Week is back!

Get Online Week 2017 is here to help the 7.4 million people in the UK who use the internet less than once a week, and the 11.5 million without Basic Digital Skills.

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 #Try1Thing - 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 is the UK’s biggest annual digital inclusion campaign, and 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 step toward being a confident, capable and safe user of the internet.

Starting out on the internet means finding something that you want or need to be able to do. That’s why our campaign this year is asking people to Try 1 Thing. The work of our brilliant Online Centres Network has shown that once people are supported to take the first step, they can be confident enough to try one more thing, and then another, setting them on the path to regular internet usage and all the benefits that this can bring.

Helen Milner OBE, Chief Executive of Good Things Foundation, the charity behind Get Online Week, said: “ 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 not only help to raise awareness of digital exclusion, still a huge problem even in 2017, but also reach new people still nervous about doing more online and help them find they support they need to take that next step. We believe in a world where everyone can benefit from digital, and Get Online Week is critical in encouraging thousands of people to explore the internet for the first time.”

As well as the community partners holding campaign events - including hundreds of members of the Online Centres Network - Get Online Week is also supported by committed private sector partners, fantastic organisations that recognise the importance of digital inclusion and skills for society both now and in the future. We believe the private sector has a critical role to play on the national stage in continuing to tackle digital exclusion, and we’re delighted that the Government has recognised this too.

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Oct 2, 2017