As this year’s Get Online Week is our tenth, the 2016 campaign will highlight 10 amazing stories of how digital skills are enriching the lives of people all across the country – including the 8 faces of this year’s Get Online Week marketing.
We’ll be telling a new story every week, between now and the start of the campaign, so check back to meet more of our fantastic Get Online Week stars!
Arthur and Sue
When Sue Evans showed her now 87 year-old Dad how to use a computer, she had no idea what a lifeline it would become for him, or how it would help them stay connected. Now ex-London cabbie Arthur Mills is online every day – and he’s even helping others get to grips with technology, too.
A new Mum from Kensington in Liverpool is using her new internet skills to make her money go further on maternity leave – and she’s inspiring others to do the same as one of the faces of this year’s national Get Online Week.
A Doncaster man’s journey through the ‘wilderness’ of unemployment back to full time work, is set to inspire others to brush up their digital skills and their CVs for Get Online Week.
Edith Ball, 88, from Preston, has been learning digital skills at her local UK online centre – The Intact Centre. Having barely used computers before, she was very cautious about getting online. Now there’s no stopping her – she’s using Skype and emails to talk to family abroad, surfing the internet to find out all sorts of information, and much more.
A young mum from Pakistan has learnt English for the first time – having lived in Birmingham for six years. Her course – partly delivered online – has helped her gain new confidence and independence.
Keith and Ray
A pair of digital champions from Newcastle are helping to get people online – and they’re getting so much out of the experience they’ve even become the poster boys of this year’s national Get Online Week!
Social enterprise Edible Avondale SE1 – which teaches groups of young people food growing and DIY skills – is growing it’s own reputation, business and and influence thanks to some new digital skills.
When Phil Pugh, 55, first went to his local UK online centre a couple of years ago, he was unemployed and finding it hard to ‘get to where he wanted to be’. Now, thanks to the support he received, he’s developed his digital skills, built his confidence and found work.
A young mum from Doncaster is looking after her health online – and inspiring others to do the same – as one of the faces of this year’s national Get Online Week.
Rachel Littleford, 30, from Edlington near Doncaster, will be appearing on posters up and down the UK encouraging people to see how using technology could help them make life easier, cheaper, and yes – healthier.
Alan and Barbara
Octogenarian olympian Alan Newton, and his wife Barbara, are big fans of online life – and they’re two of the stars of this year’s Get Online Week campaign – encouraging people to get online and see how it can make life easier, cheaper, and more fun.
For Alan, 85, from Stockport, an Olympic medallist, getting online has been a way to stay connected to the cycling world – and to the Olympic alumni that mean so much to him.
Come back soon to find out how being online is helping an ex-London cabbie stay in touch with his daughter, how it’s helping one woman run a successful community project that’s changing lives in South London, how volunteers are helping others get online in Newcastle, and much, much more.