Support Get Online Week and help more people benefit from the internet

Get Online Week 2016 logo with the date 17-23 October 2016

Did you know that next month is Get Online Week? Started in 2007, it’s the UK’s biggest digital inclusion campaign and this year the week will take place between 17 and 23 October. OpenUp Digital will be supporting Get Online Week in Birmingham (more details coming soon). If you’d like to help more people benefit from the internet, there’s still time to get involved.

Organise a Get Online Week event

Get Online Week is made up of thousands of independently organised eventsĀ  Could you organise a special Get Online Week to take place at some point between 17 and 23 October?

Organise a Get Online Week event

This option is particularly suitable if you are already active in your local community and can access support from others. For example, I already run a voluntary Social Media Surgery in my local neighbourhood, which would be ideally suited to hosting a Get Online Week event.

Get Online Week will host details of your event on their website and provide you with marketing materials to help you promote your event.

Lend a hand at a Get Online Week event

Over the next couple of weeks, the Get Online Week website will start to fill with events from across the country. When this happens, look on their events map to find an event in your local area. Contact the organisers and offer to lend a hand.

If you don’t want to wait until events are listed on the Get Online Week website you can always contact your local UK Online Centre and ask them if they could do with some help with Get Online Week.

Help spread the word

If you haven’t got time to take part in a Get Online Week event this year you can still help make sure the week is a success by letting people know it’s taking place.

If you use Twitter, remember to include the #GOLW16 hashtag. And don’t just tell people who are already online! Encourage friends and family who aren’t online to attend a local event. Could you also help by giving them a lift to an event or coming along with them?

Other ways you can support digital inclusion

Get Online Week may be the UK’s biggest digital inclusion campaign but there are lots of other ways you can help support digital inclusion. Here are just some of the ones I am familiar with but it would be great to learn about other ways to help.

  • Volunteer at your local Social Media Surgery. These are informal gathering where volunteers help people to use web and social media tools for community purposes.
  • Support your local UK Online Centre. Be aware that not all centres have the capacity to take on volunteers, however, so please don’t be offended if they turn you down!
  • Donate your old (but still perfectly good) computer equipment to ComputerAid. The Computer Aid charity supports digital inclusion at home and abroad. It works in partnership with UK Online Centre to supply users with low-cost computers and laptops they can bring home.

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