Carol Smillie has teamed up with the Scottish Government’s Let’s Get Online campaign to encourage Scots to make the most of the benefits of using the internet.
With one in six people in Scotland missing out on the benefits of being online the Let’s Get Online campaign is set to provide vital information through a nationwide roadshow.
From keeping in touch with friends and family and searching for jobs, to managing bills and watching catch-up TV, the campaign aims to highlight the benefits the internet can provide.
The Let’s Get Online team will visit towns and cities across Scotland from 31 May until 22 July, offering free, informal, one-to-one, drop-in sessions on how to get online.
Trained and friendly staff will host over 100 sessions at a variety of locations ranging from supermarkets and job centres to local community hubs and shopping centres. The team will help people experience the benefits of being online first hand by providing one-to-one support for a variety of online activities, including settingup an email address, tips for safe internet shopping and banking and how to video call friends and family.
To launch the Let’s Get Online roadshow, TV presenter Carol Smillie and Minister for Older People Jeane Freeman visited a group of older learners at a digital programme provided by Wester Hailes Library in Edinburgh.
Ms Freeman said: “One in six of people in Scotland are missing out on the benefits of being online and we want to change that. We are committed to helping reduce social isolation amongst all age groups
– being online can help reduce this risk while providing a better quality of life and improve education,health, wealth and well-being.
“We want to give people the support and knowledge they need to have the confidence to get online.These free sessions are taking place throughout Scotland and will provide vital advice to help those who are not online to make the first steps.”
TV presenter Carol Smillie said: “It’s not long ago that I struggled with emailing and now I’m able to edit my own family movie clips. My son helps me out with the tricky stuff but I’ve spent some time getting up to speed with the online world and now I think I’m pretty good. It just goes to show that it is never too late to have a go and get involved – don’t be afraid it’s easier than you think.
“Social media is really important for my business and I think the internet is great for keeping in touch with family and friends. I think it is important for those not online to take the first step and the Let’s Get Online free informal sessions are a great place to start. Whether you want to learn how you can keep in touch with friends and family, search for a job, manage your bills and banking, or watch catch-up TV, there’s so much you can do online to make your life a little easier and more fun.”
The Let’s Get Online roadshow is supported by an information line which people can call on 0300 004 1000 to find out where and when their nearest session is, as well as information about other learning centres and courses in their local area. Those online who know friends or family that would benefit from the roadshow should visit www.letsgetonline.scot.
Please note the free informal drop in sessions timings may be subject to change. Please visit www.letsgetonline.scot or call 0300 004 1000 to check up to date timings.
Calls to the Let’s Get Online information line are free with UK landlines and most mobile provider packages. Some mobile providers may charge at local rates. Please check with your provider.
DIGITAL SCOTLAND is a national movement of the Scottish Government and partners in the private, public and voluntary sector across Scotland. The partners work together in a coordinated and comprehensive approach to deliver a wide variety of programmes and projects. Their shared goal is to ensure that Scotland and its people are positioned to take full advantage of the opportunities offered by the digital age.
The SRT Project's Policy Officer Dr Murdo Macdonald recently shared stories of churches and church-centered organisations which are closing the digital divide for some of Scotland's poorest communities. You can read more about that here.