Ukonline Centres Weekly update 13th Dec 2011

This week Helen Milner (Director Ukonline Centres) attended the ‘Channel Shift Live’ conference in London where she spoke about the vision UK online centres has to deliver large scale social action in thousands of local communities so that everyone can take part in a fully networked nation.

It might sound like a tall order, but 750,000 people got online in UK online centres between April 2010 and Nov 2011, and so they are well on track to achieving this aim.

She knows she does not have to tell us about the benefits that getting online brings, but did you know that if all digitally excluded adults in the UK got online and made just one digital contact each month, it would save the Government nine hundred million pounds per year? Staggering, isn’t it? Yet, only 54% of UK adults have ever accessed an online government service.

New Year, New On-line You

With this in mind the Green Man is signed up to the next Ukonline campaign New Year, new online you!, which runs from 23 January until 17 February. The campaign will focus on three areas; the importance of searching for jobs, learning more about health, and finding information about pensions and benefits. For more information speak to the Centre Manager Mark Healey.

Updating UKonline Centre’s Website

Later this week, we will be launching a new and improved version of the UK online centres website. The site will include all of the things you know and love now, but will also have lots of new resources that we hope you’ll find useful and improved functionality.

The website will be unavailable for a couple of hours on Thursday night.

We do hope you enjoy the new website, and if you have any feedback, please let us know by emailing help@ukonlinecentres.com

Training Grant Applications
We are applying to support our staff and volunteers through an accredited training course in 2012 with a training grant from UK online centres. A grant of up to £1,000 per centre is available and lots of accredited courses start in January.

This week’s Top Website

Traditionally, the festive season is a time when people are out and about visiting friends and family, which can provide the perfect opportunity for thieves to help themselves to the gifts you and your loved ones have received. If you are planning to be away from home over Christmas take a look at the website below. It contains lots of useful information on what can be done to try and prevent a burglary, general tips on keeping safe and suggestions on ways to identify bogus callers. Click this link here.

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