The Go ON NI programme has been running since 2012. Annually it reaches over 10,000 citizens across the province. The Dept. of Finance work in partnership with various agencies and fund, for example, the Go On programmes in 96 libraries across NI. They also work with Supporting Communities to deliver training to people within rural areas in venues such as church halls and Fold organisations. Business in the Community have been providing volunteers for trainer led digital training sessions run by Go ON NI, enabling participants to get plenty of support and 1-1 during each session. This effective training method has assisted participants to feel much more supported and comfortable to ask questions in sessions such as these rather than sessions run by HEI’s which can be more formal in nature. Not only are there digital skills training sessions happening throughout the province, every year more people are encouraged to get online through two activity filled ‘Get Online’ week’s held during April and October. There is still time to catch some of this year’s events taking place from 14th-18th October 2019. Visit their website for more information www.nidirect.gov.uk/go-on-ni.
As part of LCCC’s National Launch event for the Age Friendly Economy project on Friday 21.06.2019, Leslie Smyth, Digital Inclusion Communications Manager from Dept. of Finance, took the time to speak to us about the importance of digital skills in today’s world. “As we are moving into a digital world and online services the Go ON NI programme within the Dept of Finance can provide assistance to get online for the first time. It can help improve confidence with digital skills to be able to interact with the digital world. We can provide advice, information and training resources for people, and in most circumstances we can provide training for free on most digital topics.” To get in contact with Leslie either by telephone or email, please contact – 07976385824 / Leslie.email@example.com.
You can catch the team at this year’s Belfast Mela event being held on Sunday 25th August 2019 in Botanic Gardens, Belfast. They will also be attending the ‘Young at Hearts’ events for over 50’s who are close to retiring, looking to retire or in retirement. Pop along and say hello to Leslie – Silver Birch Hotel, Omagh on 25.09.2019 and again at Marine Hotel in Ballycastle on 23.10.2019. Both events are free to attend and will be running from 10am-3pm.