People in Cambridgeshire are being challenged to take advantage of the internet's many possibilities this month as part of the national "˜Be Online Fortnight' campaign.

For those needing extra support to get online, online basics workshops courses are being provided locally by Cambridgeshire County Council's Adult Learning and Skills team.

Be Online Fortnight, which runs from 15 to 28 February, has been launched by national charity, Tinder Foundation to support some of the 12.6 million people across the UK who are unable to access the benefits of the Internet, including job searching shopping, social media and keeping in contact with friends and family.

The Be Online workshops will be run from a number of different locations:

Fenland

- Whittlesey Library: 1-3pm, Tuesdays 16 and 23 February
- Wisbech Library Learning Centre: 10am-12pm, Wednesdays 17 and 24 February
- Church Rooms, Manea: 9.30am-12pm, Wednesdays 17 and 24 February
- The Anchor Pub, Wimblington: 10am-12pm, Wednesdays 17 and 24 February
- March Library Learning Centre: 10am-12pm, Thursdays 18 and 25 February
- Chatteris Library, 12pm-2pm, and 2pm- 4pm, Fridays 19 and 26 February 

East Cambridgeshire

- Littleport YPL: 10am-12pm, Tuesdays 16 and 23 February
- Ely Library Learning Centre: 10am-12pm, Fridays 19 and 26 February
- Soham Library: 2-4pm, Fridays 19 and 26 February

Huntingdonshire

- Ramsey Library: 10am-12pm, Mondays 15 and 22 February
- The Maple Centre, Huntingdon: 12am- 3pm, Thursdays 18 and 25 February

Anyone who needs some extra support to become a confident internet user is encouraged to attend one of the sessions.

Nyree Scott, Project Manager at Cambridgeshire County Council Adult Learning and Skills, said: "We want to reach out to those in the community without basic online skills and help them start gaining the skills they need to make the most of an online life. When you can use the internet effectively, job searching becomes that much easier and you can stay closely connected to friends and family over any distance."


For more information about the online basics workshops, call 01223 703 515

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