A nationwide road show is set to help people across Scotland get online. The Scottish Government’s Let’s Get On team will visit 75 towns and cities .
Trained and friendly staff will host over 90 sessions at a variety of locations ranging from supermarkets to shopping centres to sports clubs and local community hubs.
The team will be helping people experience the benefits of being online first hand by demonstrating a variety of online activities, such as how to set up an email address, tips for safe internet shopping and banking and how to video call your friends and family.
Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop said: “Recent statistics show almost 20% of the population in Scotland are still not using the internet and so missing out on its benefits.
“Whether you want to get a job, catch up on the latest football fixtures, find the best deals or get connected with friends and family, getting online can help and is easier than you think.
“To see people and businesses make the most of digital connectivity, get online and enjoy the benefits that the internet can bring – will help us achieve our goal of a fairer, wealthier and smarter digital Scotland.”
Singer and newspaper columnist Michelle McManus who is an avid fan of the internet, said: “I couldn’t live without the internet as I use it regularly to keep in touch with my family.
“I set up Skype on my parent’s television and they use it to keep in touch with me, wherever I might be, and our family in Canada and Australia.
“I personally love using FaceTime to help me catch up with my baby nephew and godchild and one of my best friends has just moved to Malaysia and we Skype each other every week.
“There are so many great benefits to being online. It makes my life easier and saves time with banking and shopping.
“I would recommend anyone who isn’t online or needs help getting online to head along to your local Let’s Get On session.”
The Let’s Get On road show is supported by an information line which people can call on 0300 004 1000 and find out where and when their nearest session is, as well as more about other learning centres and courses in their local area which offer help and support to get connected.
Those online who know friends or family that would benefit from information about how to get online, should visit www.letsgeton.scot and find out how to help.