Help to get connected online

Michelle McManus is supporting the Scottish Government's Let's Get On campaign.

Michelle McManus is supporting the Scottish Government's Let's Get On campaign.

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A nationwide road show is set to help people across Scotland get online, with 75 towns and cities welcome The Scottish Government’s Let’s Get On team.

The team started the roadshow on April 6, and it will run until May 8. It will offer free, informal, drop-in sessions on how to get online and the benefits the internet can bring.

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 help people experience the benefits of being online firsthand 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 friends and family.

Keith Brown, Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities, said: “The Let’s Get On roadshow will get into the very heart of communities across Scotland, offering people the opportunity to take the first step in getting online and highlighting the many benefits. The internet can bring huge advantages to people’s lives, whether it’s finding a job or keeping in touch with friends and family and getting connected can save people time and money.

“Let’s Get On supports our digital world class 2020 vision by bringing technology to life for people. It will make people’s lives easier and help the Scottish Government achieve its goal of a more connected, fairer, wealthier and smarter digital Scotland.”

Singer and newspaper columnist Michelle McManus, 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 parents’ television and they use it to keep in touch with me, and our family in Canada and Australia. I love using FaceTime to 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.

“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 roadshow is supported by an information line, 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 should visit www.letsgeton.scot