01 Sep 2016

Education, Learning and Skills

Free internet workshops

People looking for help to get online are being offered the chance to take part in a free workshop.

Bristol’s library service is working with local Neighbourhood Partnerships and volunteers to provide support for local people who rarely or never use the internet.

Six free workshops have been organised that will help people develop basic digital skills including; using social media, shopping and banking online, sending and receiving emails and accessing government services.

Councillor Asher Craig, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, with responsibility for libraries, said: “This is a great opportunity for people who do not feel confident going online to get some training in a supportive environment.

“As we strive for greater equality across the city, it is important that everyone is able to feel confident accessing the internet should they wish to.

“Courses such as these are just part of the fantastic offer that we are providing across our libraries. As we work to improve the service, we need to continue to make sure that there is something for everyone.”

The sessions will be free, friendly and informal, with training delivered on a one to one basis to concentrate on individual needs which can sometimes be lost in larger classes.

The workshops will be held on the following dates:

Wednesday 7 September 1.30pm-3.30pm at Junction 3 Library
Thursday 15 September 1.30pm-3.30pm at Avonmouth Community Centre
Tuesday 20 September 1.30pm-3.30pm at Filwood Library
Tuesday 11 October 1.30pm-3.30pm at Junction 3 Library
Friday 21 October 1.30pm-3.30pm at Avonmouth Community Centre
Tuesday 25 October 1.30pm-3.30pm at Filwood Library
If you would like to be part of a workshop please contact the libraries direct; Junction 3 Library 0117 9223001, Avonmouth Library 0117 9038580, Filwood Library 0117 9038581.

Note to editors

  • 23% of UK adults still don’t possess the basic digital skills necessary to take advantage of the internet and do simple things like send a Facebook message, apply for a job online, pay bills with an app, or even check what day the bins are collected on their local council website. For some, it means not knowing how to communicate with family and friends online.
  • Bristol Libraries have 230 free public computers in 28 libraries throughout the city. All our libraries (except Cheltenham Road which will be replaced by Bishopston) have free Wi-Fi. The service is part of the Society of Chief Librarians National Digital Offer.