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Free training to become digital confident

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Posted on: 1 May 2019

An exciting new project to help people become confident with their computers and devices is launching at Ottery St Mary Library on Thursday 2 May, 10am to 12pm.

Devon County Council volunteers will lead the drop-in training sessions, which will run thereafter every Thursday.

Staff will be on hand to show people how to get the best out of their digital device. That might include how to set a password; or how to put contacts in their mobile telephone; or how to set up online banking; or how to set up a social media account and transfer photographs.

The Council’s Chief Executive, Phil Norrey, said:

“Many people in Devon are disadvantaged because they lack the most basic digital skills. We know that this can often lead to obstacles in essential areas of life such as employment, finances, and health.

“We want to help people and communities to gain the skills and confidence they need to avoid those difficulties, and to benefit from the opportunities that improved connectivity and new digital offers will create.”

Head of Digital Transformation and Business Support, Rob Parkhouse, said:

“At Devon County Council, digital is at the heart of how we work. Through Devon Digital Lives, we are calling on and supporting our staff to pass on their knowledge both within our communities and informally with family and friends.”

Councillor Barry Parsons, Cabinet Member for Organisational Development and Digital Transformation, said:

“This is a fabulous project which is a simple but effective way to make a difference to the wellbeing of our communities in this digital age.”

Ottery St Mary’s Library Supervisor, Xanthe Waite, said:

“We’re really excited to be hosting Devon Digital Lives at our digital drop-in. If you would like support with your device – such as your smartphone or your iPad, or with your laptop computer, please bring it along. We have laptops and desktop computers here as well if you don’t have your own portable device. We can also help you with basic digital tasks you may like support with.”

If you are a charitable organisation in Devon and you think a Devon Digital Lives volunteer could help with your digital skills training, please get in touch with Angela Welch: angela.welch@devon.gov.uk

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