Town Mayor brushes up on her computer skills at local library

31 August 2017

Swaffham’s Mayor joined other town residents to brush up on her IT skills as part of a free project run by Norfolk libraries.

Councillor Jill Skinner was keen to improve her computer skills and help showcase the work of the town’s library in providing free services for all.

The Get Digital service makes use of the IT facilities at all libraries and offers workshops, one to one support and free use of the computers for people wanting to improve their digital skills. There is also free wi-fi access to people bringing their own tablets, laptops and mobile phones.

Swaffham library offers one to one IT help on Thursdays (and some Fridays), where their digital champions can answer specific IT questions, or help people to get online, set up email accounts or improve their computer skills.

Everyone can use computers for free or get online with their own device at any of Norfolk County Council's 47 libraries. All offer basic IT support and many libraries have volunteer computer champions on hand at selected times to offer support and guidance to those wanting to improve their skills. Some also run mobile tablet sessions and family history courses too. So whether you want to know the basics, set up an email account or learn more about how to search the internet, contact your local library to see how they can help you.

Last year there were more than 740,000 computer log-ins at Norfolk libraries. 

Councillor Skinner said: “Lots of people need to get onto the internet but are concerned about how to do it. Anything that can bring modern technology to the people is a good thing and having someone like a digital champion who can help you along with that is great".

Norfolk County Councillor Tom Garrod, chairman of the Digital Innovation and Efficiency Committee, said: "With our Better Broadband for Norfolk programme on track to deliver broadband to 95% of Norfolk by 2020, it's vitally important for communities to have access digital education to learn how to best take advantage of being online - the Get Digital service that our libraries provide are perfectly placed for this."

Jan Holden, Head of Norfolk County Council's Library and Information Service, said: "Libraries are fantastic places to learn a new skill and Get Digital is a great opportunity for everyone to improve their computer skills, for free, at their local library. We work closely with Norfolk Community Learning Services who also use our libraries to offer courses in local communities."

For more details about booking one to one IT support at Swaffham Library, call 01760 721513.

For details about library computer sessions in your area, visit your local library.

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