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Wirral digital 'champions' needed to help open up the internet to all
12:15pm Friday 20th July 2012 in News
Digital “champions” are being asked to come forward to help open up the internet to Wirral people.
Wirral Council is spearheading an initiative to bring about a change in how people and businesses access the web across the borough.
The “Go ON Wirral” campaign aims to increase the numbers of people who are able to access and make use of the web and IT equipment, tackling what campaigners describe as “digital exclusion”.
It is estimated that over 42,000 Wirral people have never used the internet.
Launching the campaign at Prenton Park, the home of Tranmere Rovers FC, council leader Phil Davies said: “We know there is already a lot of activity and effort going on across Wirral in getting residents and businesses online.
“As part of the national Go ON campaign, Go ON Wirral will aim to bring all of this activity together so we can make sure nobody is left behind in the digital age.
“It’s not just some of the older generation who aren’t online; some residents with disabilities, people on low incomes and unemployed people across the borough are also missing out on information and services available electronically.
“The potential social and economic benefits to residents and businesses are enormous.”
The campaign will recruit hundreds of local digital champions who are willing to volunteer any amount of time to help family, friends and colleagues to get online.
Go ON Wirral will also increase the number of places where people can get online, such as libraries, children’s centres and one-stop shops.
Wirral councillors pledged their support to become digital champions earlier this year.
To get involved in the scheme, call 0151 691 8273.