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Free taster sessions aim to give basic digital skills to New Forest residents

Volunteer Digital Champions have helped over 100 residents who attended 'drop in' sessions organised by New Forest District Council. It is estimated that 13.4%* of adults in the New Forest have never been online and the aim of the events is to show people how to get started using the Internet, email, or social media, in an informal setting.

Cllr Jill Cleary, NFDC portfolio holder said

"We would love the 23%* of people in the New Forest who do not have basic digital skills to have the opportunity to see how to get online, and what wonderful opportunities it can open up for them - keeping in touch with loved ones, paying a bill quickly and easily, or applying for jobs - there's a whole world to explore online.

"Our volunteers, the 'digital champions', will be at the drop in events to chat to people and show them the basics. They are all local people who are already using email, the web, and social media - but they are just like you and me, they aren't going to be using any techno-babble or go into any complicated detail about the Internet.

"I would say to anyone who isn't all that sure about using the Internet to just come along, no booking is needed and you can stay for as long or as little time as suits you - what do you have to lose?"
* 2015. Basic Digital Skills. Go ON UK. Source:
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Learn My Way has lots of online courses that you can pick and choose from depending on what you want to learn. They range from basic computer skills such as using a mouse and a keyboard to courses on using public and health services online.

* Please note NFDC is not liable for the content of external websites.


IT and employability courses

If you are looking for work, wanting help searching for jobs online, preparing your CV or just improving your Digital Skills to help your chances of finding work, our New Forest Digital Champions are supporting the 'IT and employability' courses running in the New Year at Lymington, New Milton and Hythe library.

See our adobe icon IT and employability courses [57kb] for details on how to secure your place.


Support for getting your business online

If you are self employed, thinking of starting a business or already run a small business and want to reach more customers on line, our Google Garage project may be able to help.

Please email to find out more.


To find out more, contact:

Alison Talbot
02380 285000


Updated: 10 Apr 2017
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