A group of local and national organisations have come together under the name Our Digital Zone Hebrides, to offer a series of free short courses on technology topics for beginners. The course topics include using email, keeping in touch using Skype and social media (such as Facebook), using the internet and finding your way around tablet computers including iPads and smartphones.
The organisations involved include the Community Education Team, Western Isles Libraries, the Living it Up project, Citizens Online, Cothrom, Urachadh Uist and UHI. The courses will be held in nine locations across the Islands, from Shawbost to Barra.
The first course ‘Using Email’ will be held at 11am on Monday 20th October at the Stornoway Library. The course is ideal for anyone who doesn’t have an email account and would like to get one, or anyone who has an email account but is unsure how to use it. The two-hour courses are aimed at absolute beginners and will help people to understand the basics. Course attendees will receive notes to take away with them to help to practice after the session along with a list of places they can go online to help too.
Lynne Maciver from the Living it Up project said, “Email is an important communication tool and helps people keep in touch with family and friends. It is also increasingly used as a way to communicate with businesses and service providers. Building confidence in using email and other technologies can help people to feel more connected and therefore less isolated.”
All courses offered as part of Our Digital Zone Hebrides are suitable for absolute beginners. To book on a course, pop into your local library or call the Learning Shop on 01851 822718.