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Gwent Dragon adds fire to first Digital Friday

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This Friday (14th December) Caerphilly County Borough Council and Get Caerphilly Online have enlisted the help of a Welsh International rugby player to help launch an innovative new initiative called “Digital Fridays”.

Dan Lydiate will attend the first session of this new scheme at Risca Library, which aims to help residents of Caerphilly county borough access the internet for FREE, learn new skills and discover more about technology.

Visitors to Blackwood, Caerphilly and Risca libraries between 10am and 3pm will be able to access support and encouragement with basic computer and internet use this Friday and in  the New Year.

The sessions aim to provide residents with consistent and regular opportunities to drop into their local library for lessons that will include how to use a computer, setting up an email address, online shopping and job search.

Cllr Rhianon Passmore, Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning commented, “At the council we are committed to ensuring that everyone has the same access to communications and modern technology and I am pleased that we have the opportunity to work with Get Caerphilly Online through this innovative scheme.”

She continued, “I hope that a prominent sporting figure, such as Dan Lydiate, supporting the scheme will encourage our residents to really embrace it and learn more about what they can get from the Internet.”

In the New Year, sessions will continue to run in the same libraries starting from Friday 4th January.

The sessions form part of a wider digital inclusion agenda aimed at improving people’s lives by helping them communicate more easily, purchase goods and services for lower prices, find jobs, access public services and reduce social isolation.

Get Caerphilly Online is a partnership between initiatives supported by the Welsh Government Communities 2.0 programme, Caerphilly County Borough Council and Get IT Together – a nationwide digital inclusion programme run by national charity Citizens Online with support from BT, Nominet Trust, Communities 2.0 and a variety of local partners.

For more information about Get Caerphilly Online, contact Matthew Lloyd of Communities 2.0 on 02920 556192 or 07766 495617 and by e-mail at matthew.lloyd@walescooperative.org or visit the website http://www.getcaerphillyonline.org.uk

Written by David Madge

December 13, 2012 at 12:25 pm

Posted in co-operatives

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