Broaden your digital horizons during Be Online Fortnight 2017

Release Date: 09/02/2017

Be Online Fortnight is a campaign to help residents become more confident using digital technology and is being promoted in the Borough with a host of insightful events.

Whether you need a confidence booster in buying or selling on eBay, want to know more about online storage, or feel like branching out into social media via Facebook or Twitter – the digital landscape is mapped out for you as part of Be Online Fortnight. These free taster sessions are taking place at the Information and Reference Library in the Old Town Hall, Whittaker Avenue, Richmond and run from 27 February to 11 March.

The hour-long sessions are:

  • Buying on eBay, 27 February - 2.30pm
  • Selling on eBay, 27 February – 4.30pm
  • Online Storage, 28 February – 2.30pm
  • Facebook, 1 March – 2.30pm
  • Staying Safe Online, 2 March – 10.30am
  • Discovering Tablets, 4 March – 10am
  • Twitter, 6 March – 2.30pm
  • Digital Magazines, 8 March – 2.30pm
  • TV and Radio Online, 8 March – 4.30pm
  • Tablets Made Easy, 9 March – 2.30pm
  • Files and Folders, 10 March – 2.30pm
  • You & Your Phone, 11 March, 10.30am

Richmond Council’s Cabinet Member for Community, Environment and Business, Cllr Pamela Fleming, said:

“Getting the most out of the internet is easier than you think. Spend some time at one or more of these free taster sessions. You will receive all the help and advice needed to explore the online world using your PC, tablet or smartphone.

“Enabling residents of all ages to embrace the social and digital online world safely is a priority for Richmond Council. It broadens horizons and enables social activity that may not be possible in other ways. Booking is essential so take a look at what interests you and reserve your place today.”

The taster sessions are free but booking is essential. To book your place visit your local library or telephone 020 8734 3308. Alternatively you can book online.

A friendly ICT guide for older residents has also been made available by Richmond Council. ‘It’s never too late to get online’ is an easy to follow step-by-step guide designed especially for older residents to make new technology accessible. The guide covers all areas of the social and digital landscape from the benefits of using new technology, what equipment older residents should use and free online training to Wi-Fi access and where to buy computers and tablets.

Updated: 9 February 2017