Digital Exclusion and the Poverty Cycle

Digital Exclusion and the Poverty Cycle As we move into a more digitally connected future those without basic digital skills are at risk of being trapped into a cycle of poverty. Many jobs that traditionally did not require any digital or computer knowledge now do and those without these skills are at risk of being trapped in low paid work or unable to find employment […]

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Who’s been looking at my Gmail?   Recently updated !

Who’s been looking at my Gmail?   Gmail user? Want to know if anyone else has been snooping on your emails? Well, there are a couple of nifty ways of checking out which devices have been accessing your account If you’re logged in to your Gmail account just click on: You’ll be taken to a page which looks like this: Click on any device […]

Coffee and Computers at The Octagon – Malvern

Coffee & Computers There’s a new IT Session starting in Malvern at the Octagon, every Tuesday from 3.30pm. To celebrate this we asked Chantelle Brookes, Volunteer Community Support Worker & member of the Octagon’s management committee, to tell us a little bit more about the venue.   Q&A with Chantelle Brookes, Volunteer Community Support Worker What is the Octagon? Chantelle: It’s a community centre based […]

Online Help for the Homeless

Online Help for the Homeless While it may seem odd to be showing online help for people who are homeless, or at risk of becoming so, there are resources out there that people can use. Even people without an address can get online now. The library service in Worcestershire offer internet connected PC’s and access to charging points for smart phones. If you are at […]

Switching Energy Suppliers Online

Switching energy suppliers! it is a lot of hassle and is it really worth it? By Fortis Living Home Energy Advisor Karen Adam.   No it isn’t a hassle and yes it really is worth it!!! Switching is pretty straight forward now and will only take about 10-15 minutes using a price comparison site and either doing it online or on the phone. The price […]

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Case Study – Richard’s Story

Richard’s Story I’d seen the Help Centre at Malvern Town Football Club advertised, but I wasn’t bold enough to go. I’ve never done any proper computer learning, only what I’ve picked up along the way. I thought it was a course. That put me off. All I wanted to learn was what I need to do to use my computer. Then my Housing Officer told […]

Digital Inclusion

Working in partnership for Digital Inclusion by Kate Gallant Some years ago now I was involved in setting up a partnership in Worcestershire designed to jointly focus on helping people get online.  Our aim was to take a partnership approach as this seemed to have clear benefits. Reflecting on this now Today Go ON Worcestershire is still active with partners across the County still delivering […]

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Online Learning for Adults

Online Learning for Adults Want brush up on the basics, learn something new or develop your learning in a specific field? The internet is an amazing source for educational opportunities for adults. Best of all, while some course suppliers charge, many, like the ones below are absolutely free.   Functional Skills For residents of Worcestershire Learndirect offer free English, Maths and IT courses that are […]

Case Study Volunteer – Michael

Case Study Volunteer – Michael Why be a Digital Champion?  Are you a cheerleader for the online world?  For those of us already connected, it hardly seems that modern technology needs further promotion, its benefits self-evident?  You might as well promote the benefits of round wheels over square ones. After volunteering for a while, helping people enable themselves to participate in the online world in […]

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Apps for Over 55s

As we get older picking up a new device and using apps on it can seem daunting for many people, but as we become more comfortable with how they work, we can see that these useful apps benefit our daily lives. We have put together a short list of apps we think can help elderly users. Communication Apps These are a great way of getting […]

Health and Wellbeing Apps

Health and Wellness Apps Most people now own a smartphone, but can you use this device for more than calls, messages and emails, in way that will have a positive impact on your health and wellbeing? Step Counters Walking is simple, free, and one of the easiest ways to get more active, lose weight and become healthier.Sometimes overlooked as a form of exercise, walking briskly […]

The Google Bus is coming to Bromsgrove on the 11th June

The Google Bus is coming to Bromsgrove on Monday 11th June, between 10 am and 4 pm. The Google bus will be parked on King George Close in Sidemoor – Bromsgrove (at the Playing Fields Car Park) and they will be providing drop in access between 10 am and 4 pm, and then specific workshop / sessions will be delivered as set out below: 10:30am […]

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Bromsgrove and District Housing Trust BDHT is one of our partner organisations. At BDHT we see being online as a crucial part of everyday life, as without access you can be unable to access information and services that are essential. Including: benefits, healthcare, education, employment, the list is endless. We run a variety of sessions across the whole of Bromsgrove to try and upskill our […]

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Find a Job The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) are closing their exisiting job search website, Universal Jobmatch will close on the 17th of June 2018. The exisiting site was far from perfect, the registration process was difficult as it required users to have a Government gateway account, which some users did not have. The DWP have replaced this with a new website called […]

An Introduction to Universal Credit 1

  If you need support with IT to claim UC come along to one of our free sessions listed here. This guide is available as a download:   Universal Credit What is it? Universal Credit is a means tested benefit for adults with a low income. It replaces six existing benefits: Income Support Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance Income-related Employment and Support Allowance Housing Benefit Child Tax […]

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