DigiKnow helps Stockport residents get online

Stockport Council is working with a number of trusted partners and community organisations in a new initiative to help the residents of Stockport get online.

DigiKnow helps Stockport residents get online

Whilst most Stockport residents are reasonably confident in using the internet at home, in the office or on the move, one in eight people have never been online and one in four don’t have the basic online skills or aren’t very confident online.

‘DigiKnow – helping Stockport get online’ has been jointly developed by the Council, Jobcentre Plus, Startingpoint, Stockport Homes, Inspired and Re:dish to promote the benefits of being online and signpost where in Stockport residents can learn how to get online, use a computer with free internet access or improve their digital skills.

Councillor David Sedgwick, Executive Member for Reform and Governance, said: “There are so many reasons why people benefit from being online, from keeping in touch, to saving money and improving opportunities for employment. Working together with other community based organisations we will be pushing out the message that getting online and improving your digital skills is easier than you think, even if you don’t have a computer or broadband or Wi-Fi at home.”

There are many places in Stockport where residents can use a computer with broadband or access Wi-Fi – all for free. In the first place, all libraries in Stockport have free to use computers and Wi-Fi, as well as staff who can help residents get started or find training course or groups where they can develop their skills.

There are also many community groups and organisations who arrange training in how to use the internet or improve digital skills. Startingpoint offer 23 computer sessions throughout Stockport that are free to end users, Stockport Homes provide community digital training sessions as well as free to use computers and Wi-Fi for residents in certain housing blocks.

Residents wishing to get started with online training should look out for the posters with the DigiKnow logo or ask for details of DigiKnow training courses at their local library or community centre. Those already online and looking to improve their skills can find details of all local courses on Stockport Council’s events calendar.

If they sign up for the DigiKnow newsletter at www.stockport.gov.uk they will be the first to receive all the latest news about digital training sessions in Stockport.