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Home > News > Summer Interns offer free internet and IT lesson

Summer Interns offer free internet and IT lesson

Posted by Duncan Merren on 18 August 2016 | Comments

A group of summer Interns from Mid Suffolk and Babergh District Councils are holding a free workshop to help people who have trouble using computer technology.

The Beginners' Internet and Technology Skills workshop, lasting two hours, will be held at West Suffolk College in Sudbury on August 25th at 10am.

The idea for these workshops came from Babergh and Mid Suffolk’s five summer interns, who are spending 13 weeks with the councils to gain experience of what it is like working in a district council. Their Internship comes under Suffolk County Council’s Raising The Bar initiative, which aims to raise education attainment levels within Suffolk.

Robert Carmichael, Corporate Resources Intern at Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils, said: “We came up with the community project of a computer and internet workshop for beginners from our work within both councils. We had become aware that there is a skills gap between those that can use the internet and those that can’t. After seeing this we wanted to do something to help so we created this workshop.

“With the world becoming ever more digitalised this session will help those people who are keen to learn but are currently struggling to get online for one reason or another. We can take up to 20 people at the workshop and it would be fantastic if we can fill these places and help even more people enjoy the benefits the internet can bring.”

The free workshops are open to anyone and will include:

  • Setting up email an address
  • Skype- video and instant messaging
  • Using google maps
  • Internet Searches- understanding what to look for and how to look for it.
  • And any other general queries that attendees wish to discuss about technology that they have encountered or own.

Councillors Jan Osborne and Julie Flatman, the  Portfolio Holders for Community Capacity Building and Engagement at Babergh and Mid Suffolk said ““We at Babergh and Mid Suffolk want to make sure that our communities have the skills and capacity to live active and independent lives, and with so many services now available online few skills are more important than confidence when using computers and the internet. This session from our Summer Interns offers our residents, particularly those in remote rural areas, IT skills that will help them in their day to day lives.”

Babergh and Mid Suffolk are committed to helping to provide stronger communities and part of their strategic priorities are based around enabling people to develop skills and assets which help themselves and their communities.

If you, or someone you know, would like to attend the session at 10am August 25th, or have any questions, then please contact Jess Green, Communities Intern or email William White