Keeping Digital celebrates Get Online Week 2022 with services across region
Posted on 17th October 2022 at 08:00
The Keeping Digital Foundation are celebrating Get Online Week by running digital making activities across the region, with the hopes to expand services to target more local residents.
Nearly 1 in 5 adults lack the most basic digital skills needed for everyday life
Over 1 in 20 households have no internet access, neither fixed line nor mobile
2 million households struggle with affordability of internet access
Get Online Week, an annual digital inclusion campaign run by charity Good Things Foundation, is back for 2022 running from 17 - 23 October. Keeping Digital Foundation are excited to be organising additional services across the region to celebrate the week and to support more residents.
York Pi Jam - Monday 17 October
Want to know about the Raspberry Pi? Got your own but haven’t explored it yet? York Pi Jam is back for Get Online Week. It’s for beginners particularly, and also people who know a bit about Raspberry Pi computers! You don’t need to bring a Raspberry Pi as we have some you can use – but if you’d like to bring your own kit please feel free to do so.
Northallerton CoderDojo - Wednesday 19 October
Northallerton CoderDojo is a friendly place to meet and develop your coding and tech skills or learn something new. We run free informal sessions where young people from 7-17 and families can come along and work on projects, develop new skills, participate in challenges, whatever you want. We’re here to provide guidance, encouragement & support in a relaxed environment.
Harrogate Pi Jam - Saturday 22 October
Harrogate Pi Jam is a friendly place to meet and develop your coding and tech skills or learn something new. We run informal sessions where young people can come along and work on projects, develop new skills, participate in challenges, whatever you want. We’re here to provide guidance, encouragement & support in a relaxed environment.
A spokesperson from the Keeping Digital Foundation, North Yorkshire’s leading digital inclusivity charitable organisation, provided this comment about Get Online Week:
“Get Online Week is a really important campaign for our organisation, and is a really important time for us to engage with our local communities to advertise the variety of free services we provide.
"We're really excited to be working in partnership with North Yorkshire County Council to provide more of our digital making activities to young people across the region, and we can see that with two pop-up locations already confirmed in Northallerton and Harrogate. The hope is to continue providing services in these areas based on popularity, and we are excited to be making it easier for young people to try new things and to develop such important skills like problem solving and creativity.
"Get Online Week is also really important in the rollout of our digital inclusion support across the city of York. Our Digital Cafes will be expanding across the city, and are a space for York residents to get dedicated support in getting online. Hosted in a 2 hour session, residents can come down for a warm drink and to ask any questions (and bring along any devices). Our volunteers are here to help you get online, from setting up a smart phone to signing up to the NHS app or York Council website. We're excited to be announcing new locations soon for more cafes, and we encourage residents to come and see our volunteers if you ever have any questions! Digital inclusion is a really important issue across the country, with 1 in 5 adults lacking the most basic digital skills and over 1 in 20 households having no internet access, and we are glad to be working across the region to bring real change to these figures.”
Founder and Community Coordinator
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