'Digital Champions' needed to help Wirral computer novices

Wirral Globe: 'Digital Champions' needed to help Wirral computer novices 'Digital Champions' needed to help Wirral computer novices

IT-savvy families across Wirral are being urged to help computer novices to get web-wise in support of the recently launched Go On Wirral campaign.

They will be able to pledge their support as “digital champions” to help someone they know get online or learn new skills on the internet, at a Wirral Family Learning Festival next Saturday (October 13).

The event is hosted by Wirral’s Union & Community Learning group, and is backed by a partnership of Wirral Council, Merseytravel’s Merseylearn project, Union Learn and other skills providers.

Cllr Phil Davies, Leader of Wirral Council, said: ‘We’re delighted that this festival is giving visitors the chance to sign up and get involved in Go ON Wirral. I would urge everyone to go along and get involved”

Cllr Liam Robinson, chairman of Merseytravel, said: ‘We are proud to support this event through our Merseylearn project. It is encouraging to see so many providers, organisations and cultures coming together to help families learn.

‘Learning and education are vitally important whatever your age, and we hope that the event will show families the importance of lifelong learning and the opportunities available to them.’ The festival is taking place at Wirral Multicultural Centre, Conway Street, Birkenhead, from 10am. It will offer a wide range of free events and activities for all ages, along with sessions on developing internet and employability skills.

Wirral Heritage Trail coach tour will also be giving visitors a chance to explore the rich heritage of the Wirral peninsula from midday to 3pm.

Go On Wirral is part of the national Go On UK campaign aimed at bringing the benefits of the internet to every individual and every organisation in every community across the UK. Go On Wirral was launched in July 2012 by Cllr Davies and is building a partnership between Wirral Council, local businesses and the community and voluntary sector.

For more information about Go ON Wirral visit www.wirral.gov.uk/go-onwirral or to find out more about the event please call Tony Norbury on 0151 330 1269 or email tony.norbury@merseytravel.gov.uk

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