Get ready for Digital Stockport

In the lead-up to the launch of our Digital Strategy, and with the Greater Manchester Digital City Festival now underway, there's never been a better time to get online.

This week's Greater Manchester Digital City Festival gathers digital leaders from around the world to address the key challenges as we emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic. The One Stockport Borough Plan challenges Stockport to become a radically digital borough. We have been working together with our partners, businesses and residents to develop Stockport's Radical Digital Strategy, which sets out our ambitions and priorities for digital across the borough. We are still developing the Radically Digital Stockport strategy, and we invite you to look and give us your comments and feedback.

One of our priorities is for Stockport to be a 100% digitally included borough where no one is left behind or faces inequalities due to their digital situation. Councillor David Sedgwick, Cabinet Member for Citizen Focus and Engagement, says: "Being online and having the essential digital skills for everyday life and work is increasingly crucial but around 1 in 5 people in Stockport still have no or little access to the internet. As a council that puts people at the heart of everything we do, helping our residents to become digitally included is a priority to ensure no one's left behind.

"We're working with an alliance of partners from across all sectors. Together we've created a DigiKnow network that can help people who are offline or would like to improve their digital skills. These are local community groups who offer social, informal support, Digital Champions who offer one on one support, and organisations who can help you with data and devices to get online."

In the lead-up to the launch of our Digital Strategy, and with the Greater Manchester Digital City Festival now underway, there's never been a better time to get online. Why not make the most of DigiKnow and find out how you or someone you know can get help to get online or improve your digital skills?

Starting Point DigiKnow computer classes. Friendly and informal classes that help you get online and stay safe online. To book a class, email james@startpoint.org.uk or call 0161 494 9947. Classes run each week.

  • Tuesdays 10.00 - 11.00, or 11.00 - midday, Start Point Coffee Shop, 4 Woodley Precinct, SK6 1RJ
  • Tuesdays 14.00 - 15.00, or 15.00 - 16.00, York St Community Centre, Bengal Street, Edgeley, SK3 9HT
  • Fridays 10.00 -11.00, or 11.00 - midday, Start Point Coffee Shop, 4 Woodley Precinct, SK6 1RJ

Get online at the right time. Digital skills course for anyone eligible for work, to learn digital skills for work, help you find a job, or go on to further study. To book, email james@startpoint.org.uk or call 0161 494 9947.

  • Thursday 10th March 2022 - 11:00 - 12:00, Cornerstone, 2 Edward Street, SK1 3NQ (Stockport Homes building)

Tech Club at Walthew House. Make the most of assistive technology and set up your devices properly. Come along and share knowledge, support, and ideas with others. For more information, email opsassistant@walthewhouse.org.uk or call 0161 480 2612.

  • Thursday 10th March 12.30 - 15.30, Walthew House, 112 Shaw Heath, Stockport, SK2 6QS. (Tech Club meets the second Thursday every month.)

Digital Help drop-in sessions at libraries. Get help with general PC use, email, internet access, own devices and more.

  • Monday 7th March 10.15 - 11.45 am, Cheadle Library, 23 Ashfield Road, Cheadle, SK8 1BB
  • Wednesday 9th March 11.00 – 13.00, Bredbury Library, George Lane, Bredbury, SK6 1DJ
  • Friday 11th March at 10.00 – midday, Bredbury Library, George Lane, Bredbury, SK6 1DJ

Support for all things digital. Digital drop in at Brinnington Leisure Centre. Get help for all things digital or just go and say hello! For more information, call 0161 480 1211. Age UK Stockport and Life Leisure run it with help from Sky Digital volunteers.

  • Thursday 10th March 12.00 -15.00, Brinnington Park Leisure Complex, Northumberland Road, Brinnington, SK5 8LS

Community Online. Do you need help to get online? New learners welcome. Usually £2.00 per week but free during Digital City Festival week.

  • Tuesdays 11.20 – 12.20, Offerton Community Centre Mallowdale Rd Offerton SK2 5NX

DigiKnow is a network of community groups, organisations and volunteer Digital Champions who help people get online and improve their digital skills. Support includes community classes, help over the telephone, and a Device Lending Library. Visit our DigiKnow web pages or call the DigiKnow Helpline on 07537 127 095 to find out more. For a list of community groups who can help, visit the Stockport Local directory or your local library. You can find a listing of digital Skills events on our Events calendar.

For further information on Stockport’s Radical Digital Strategy, or to give your feedback, please visit Radically Digital Stockport.