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Did you know Stockport libraries can help you get online?

Do you or someone you know need help using the internet? If you don’t have any way of getting online, your local Stockport library can help you get the support you need.

There are new free digital support sessions at Brinnington and Bredbury libraries. Or you can go to any Stockport library to use free Wi-Fi on your device or a public computer for free. And all library staff can signpost you to support to get online for the first time.

Councillor Malcolm Allan, Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources says: “Stockport Council wants everyone to get the most out of the internet, which can help people in many ways; with information, finding new job opportunities, saving money, getting support and maybe leading healthier, happier lives. If you’re not online yet, or you’re not very confident using the internet, support is available close by in your own neighbourhood. We are making it as easy as possible for residents to get this help from local libraries, or from community groups and from our volunteer Digital Champions who make up our DigiKnow network. Even a little help can get you started, so it’s worth a try.”

Brinnington Library has teamed up with Age UK, to run sessions every three weeks on a Thursday, supported by Sky Cares digital volunteers. The next sessions are Thursday 8th and Thursday 29th September from 12 to 2 pm. There is no need to book, just drop in.

The Bredbury digital support drop-ins take place at Bredbury Library, with help provided by DigiKnow Digital Champions. The next sessions are Wednesday 14th and Friday 16th September from 10 am to 12 midday.

The sessions are an excellent opportunity for people who need help getting online for the first time or want to brush up on their digital skills. You can also get help with digital at any Stockport library. Library staff can get you started on free ‘Learn my Way’ courses for beginners. You can learn basic skills, such as using a mouse and keyboard, using the internet safely and creating and using your email account. Once you’ve grasped the basics, you can go further and learn how to bank, shop and job hunt online.

DigiKnow is a collaboration between Stockport Council and partners to help Stockport residents to get online and develop their digital confidence. Many community groups offer digital skills support, and you may also be able to borrow a laptop or data for internet access for free from the DigiKnow Device Lending Library. Ask for details at your local library or call the DigiKnow Helpline on 07724 217888.

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