The UK biggest digital inclusion campaign, Get Online Week returns to Herefordshire this month.
Get Online Week, from 17-23 October, aims to help people get started using the internet and computers.
Herefordshire Council and the Fastershire broadband project are offering a series of free training and drop-in sessions for local people across the county, with workshops taking place in Hereford, Ross-on-Wye, Leominster, Ledbury and Kington libraries.
Training sessions are also being offered by The Kindle Centre, Saxon Hall and Community Centre, Wye Learn and Herefordshire Housing Group's The Learning Box.
Councillor Harlow, cabinet member for economy and corporate services responsible for the Fastershire project, said “The internet offers so many opportunities from keeping in contact with family and friends, to banking and paying your bills but it’s vital that people feel confident to use the internet.”
“As Fastershire brings faster broadband to more parts of the county we want to ensure that everyone in the community can benefit and that’s why the project and Herefordshire Council are supporting Get Online Week again this year.”
This is the second year that Get Online Week has taken place in Herefordshire and aims to be the bigger.
Councillor Harlow added, “We hope to make this year’s Get Online Week more successful and we have an excellent set of workshops that will help teach people how to stay safe online, use social media as well as how to send emails, shop and pay bills.”
Register or for more information, please visit your local library or visit www.fastershire.com/events.
With a slow internet connection you can have problems doing more than one thing at a time online. With faster broadband the whole family can be online doing homework, watching iPlayer, keeping in touch with friends on Skype or Facetime and doing the weekly shop all at the same time without any time delay or frozen screen.
Working from home can now be as fast and effective as working from the office. This could save you time and money, as well as helping you to achieve a better work life balance. With faster broadband you could even consider setting up your own business from home as you would have the world class connectivity that could give you the edge.
Store photos, documents, music and videos online in the cloud rather than on the computer at home. Your files will be kept safe and you can access them anywhere. Fast upstream speeds mean backing up files is done in the blink of an eye.
With faster broadband you can download the latest blockbuster before the kettle has boiled or watch your favourite TV show online instantly.
With faster broadband you can study online with flexible hours and video tutorials that work immediately.
New telecare services mean that people who are unwell, have a disability or older people can stay safe and independent at home.
Did you know that you can now access a whole host of council services and information online, such as reporting a pothole, paying your council tax, finding out when your rubbish or recycling will be collected and checking library opening times?
Pudleston in north Herefordshire is one of the communities that we be fibre enabled under phase 2 of the Fastershire rollout. Phase 2 will be delivered by Gigaclear and will provide a new full fibre network and access to speeds up to 1000mbps.
In these community diaries the residents of Pudleston will document their experiences throughout the deployment.
To see if your property is included in phase 2 or if you can already access faster broadband, please use the address checker above.
Local community organisations, groups, clubs and other not-for-profit organisations in Herefordshire can apply for up to £2,500 funding to arrange internet support and training so that local people can make the most of the benefits of going online.
Do you know of a group or club in your community in Herefordshire who would like to find out more about using the internet and the benefits of going online? Fastershire can arrange for a tutor to bring laptops and tablets to the group’s usual meeting place, or another venue with internet access, to demonstrate how to send emails, search for information about the local area, or shop or pay bills online, and then support them to ‘have a go’ themselves. To find out more please email firstname.lastname@example.org. These free sessions could lead to a longer course for those who are interested in developing their skills at going online.
Learn My Way (www.learnmyway.com) is a website of free online courses for beginners, helping you to develop digital skills to make the most of the online world. It's also got courses and resources to help you inspire people in your community to use the internet and help them improve their digital skills - including a 'How to be a Digital Champion' course.
We also have a whole host of training guides here that you can download for your own learning or to use when training someone else.
There are many organisations across Herefordshire who regularly offer computer courses and support for beginners. Information about just some of the training offered is available here.
For details of the free monthly workshops at Libraries in Herefordshire visit our events page.
Details of beginners' computer courses offered by Adult Education in Gloucestershire are here.
If you would like to be notified about beginners’ computer courses offered by organisations in Herefordshire please register.
Here's a list of home broadband providers who offer packages for homes connected by Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC) or Fibre to the Premises (FTTP), with links to their web sites, so you can find out if they're up and running where you live.
Fibre to the premises (FTTP) is one of the world's most cutting edge types of fibre broadband with blistering speeds of up to 330Mbps and 1000Mbps.
If you get enabled with FTTP, you can order it through one of the following Service Providers.
We'll update this page as more ISPs start to offer FTTP.
Location: Leominster Library, 8 The Buttercross, Leominster HR6 8BN
Date: Thursday 12th April 2018
Learn how to search the internet safely and effectively. Our tutor will also take you through accessing our services online.
Laptops will be provided for the session.
Places are free but booking is essential, please contact Leominster Library, or phone 01432 383290.
Leominster Library, 8 The Buttercross, Leominster HR6 8BN
Below is a list of videos from our YouTube channel.
Get the most out of the internet with FREE training from Fastershire in Ross-on-Wye and Cinderford.
Booking is essential, please call 01432 260026.
No experience is necessary and equipment will be provided if required.
The Larruperz Centre, Grammar School Close, HR9 7QD
How to use your tablet
Wednesday 6 June, 2pm-4pm
How to use the internet
Monday 11 June,10am-12pm
Introduction to email
Friday 22 June, 5pm-7pm
Belle Vue Centre, 6 Belle Vue Road, GL14 2AB
How to use the internet
Tuesday 5 June, 10am-12pm
Introduction to email
Wednesday 13 June, 2pm-4pm
How to use your tablet
Monday 18 June, 5pm-7pm
Faster broadband is being rolled out across Herefordshire and Gloucestershire between now but it is not possible to flick a switch to make every area go live on the same day and some areas will go live before this. Register your interest today and we will keep you in the loop about developments in your fibre broadband status.