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Use BT’s free resources to share your internet skills during Get Online Week  

10 October 2014

BT is encouraging everyone to share their internet skills with someone who is not online in support of the national campaign, taking place between 13-19 October.

The downloadable resources include the basics of getting online; guides covering every day help – such as finding a home to rent or buy; keeping in touch, looking at email, social media and setting up a Skype call; and a section on family and friends, including education and health, and genealogy.

John Perkins BT Connected Society Programme Manager said: “Get Online Week is a great chance to help someone get the most out of what the internet has to offer”.

“At BT, we have a vision for a Connected Society: to help improve society globally through the power of digital connections. As well as spreading access to the internet we want to help people to gain the skills and confidence to go online and get the most out of the internet.

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There are currently 6.4 million adults in the UK who have never used the internet – many of these are unemployed, elderly or disabled. “This not only affects their employment prospects and access to education, but also how they gain access to essential services, and keep in touch with friends and family,” said John.

“So we’d encourage existing internet users to take the opportunity to help someone they know get online by using our range of free downloadable resources”.

Get Online Week, organised by The Tinder Foundation and UK Online Centres, is the biggest campaign of the year to help combat the problem.

UK Online Centres also offer free or low cost help and advice for learners who may wish to increase their internet skills at venues across the country. For more information call 0800 771234 or go online.

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