PRESS RELEASE 14/1/2015: Free basic training on offer for the digitally excluded across Yorkshire

FREE AND BASIC Internet training is available for those struggling to get to grips with getting online across Yorkshire, as part of a new charity project which wants to reach those who feel excluded from the rapidly-changing digital world.

Future Digital Inclusion is a nationwide project funded by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills via the Tinder Foundation, a charity based in Sheffield. Rural Action Yorkshire has been successful in securing funding to deliver the project in particular to those in rural areas where exclusion from the digital world can be made even worse by geographical isolation.

As a result of this funding, anyone struggling to get to grips with the Internet can access free training at centres and community venues across North, South and West Yorkshire. The course covers basic skills such as sending email, staying safe online, completing online forms and banking, shopping and job-hunting.

While the training is pitched at absolute beginners, it does provide a platform for learners to go on and progress to a higher level on their own terms.

The training will be especially of use to anyone who has received a computer, tablet or even a smartphone as a gift but has never been online before. The training is available until March, giving ample opportunity to make the most of any Christmas gifts.

James Russell, Digital Inclusion Officer at Rural Action Yorkshire, said, “there is an increasing need for people to get online, whether to keep in touch with friends and family, to access public services, or for work. This need is especially pressing in rural areas, where farmers will soon be expected to carry out all their admin online, and where geographical isolation can make being connected online even more important.”

Anyone wishing to access the training is encouraged to call 0845 313 0270 and ask for James. Rural Action Yorkshire is also looking for community centres, groups and buildings which would be interested in hosting online training sessions for their local community.

“We’re keen to work with local communities to get people online,” added Mr Russell. “While our current funding only runs until the end of March there is potential to extend the project into the future, so even if we can’t deliver training in your community now we hope to be able to do so at a later date.”

 

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Media contact: 

Candice Dowson, Marketing & PR Officer, Rural Action Yorkshire tel. 0845 313 0270.

Rural Action Yorkshire

Based at Askham Bryan, near York, RAY is one of 38 Rural Community Councils in England.  It isan independent, charitable, and voluntary organisation working across rural areas of North, South and West Yorkshire, to help communities improve the quality of life for all people living and working in rural Yorkshire. Key work includes:

* Providing advice and grant support for sustainable multi-use community buildings, which can act as a focal point for village services

* Helping local communities carry out community led plans, which identify the strengths and weaknesses of village life and plan how the local community sees future development taking place

RAY and the other 37 rural community councils across England form the ACRE Network (Action with Communities in Rural England).

Find Rural Action Yorkshire online at www.ruralyorkshire.org.ukand Twitter @RuralYorkshire