​National campaign sees Birmingham Try 1 Thing online!

Next week will see Get Online Week help Birmingham residents learn that getting the most out of the internet can be easy and fun. 

National Get Online Week 2017 runs from October 2 - October 8, and this year, it’s asking you to Try 1 Thing - use the internet to do just one thing you’d normally do in a shop or bank, in a doctor’s or chemist, or even over the phone.
Whether you’re brand-new to the internet, or you want a bit of help making more out of being online, local events with free and friendly support will help you take your next step.

Adenike Titiloye, Managing Director from Catalyst Mutual Enterprise CIC says: “Almost everyone has heard about some of the ways the internet can help you save money, save time, and make life easier and more fun. But if you’re not confident using a computer, tablet or smartphone, or you’ve heard about some of the dangers of being online, it can be difficult to take that next step.
“But getting the most out of the internet doesn’t have to be scary. We think that doing just one thing online is all you need to do to get started, and we’re running events to help people do just that!

“Catalyst Mutual will be holding our Get Online Week events on Monday 2nd October from 12pm to 6pm at the Library of Birmingham, Tuesday 3rd October from 10am – 1pm at the As-Suffa Institute in Aston and Saturday 7th October from 12pm to 3pm at Newtown Community Centre and there’ll be lots of friendly support for anyone who wants to start doing a bit more online - and it’s absolutely free.

“People can call 0121 607 1798 to find out more, or just pop in and see what’s happening. The more the merrier and everyone’s welcome!”
Two people who have already benefited from Digital & Financial Literacy are Haddijatou Bah Cham and Alison Solomon, who both completed the Digital & Financial Skills training course with Catalyst CIC at Brearley St Children’s Centre, Newtown. 

Haddi said, ‘it really helped me to know about staying safe online and also about managing money, I showed my husband how to pay heating bills online’ she now feels confident using the internet and she is getting into further learning.

Alison said, ‘it improved my knowledge in areas that I thought I knew, the classes were user friendly and I was able to work at my own pace’ 
Digital Birmingham part of Birmingham City Council’s ICT & Digital Service has recently installed free wifi in over 200 Council public buildings to help citizens take that first step online.  

Raj Mack, Head of Digital Birmingham says “Everyone deserves the right to take advantage of the digital benefits that being online can bring.” By providing free access for citizens the City is helping more people take that first step.
Councillor Tristan Chatfield (Cabinet Member for Transparency, Openness and Equality) who chairs the Financial Inclusion Partnership says “With more government services going online such as Universal Credit it is important that we support our citizens to gain the digital and financial literacy skills to help them improve their access to skills,  gain employment and improve their quality of life.   

One of the projects included within the Financial Inclusion Strategy is the St George’s Project in Newtown which is an example of how the City is working collaboratively with partners such as Catalyst Mutual Enterprise to help citizens improve their digital and financial literacy.”

For more information about Get Online Week events in Birmingham where you can Try 1 Thing, contact Catalyst Mutual Enterprise CIC at 0121 607 1798 and ask about Digital and Financial Literacy in Birmingham. 

For more information about this press release, please contact Shruti Gonglore by phone: 0121 607 1798 or email: s.gonglore@catalystcic.co.uk. Or annette.c.king@birmingham.gov.uk on 0121 675 1170

Notes for editors
  • Catalyst Mutual Enterprise CIC are a social enterprise working to address social and financial exclusion within the community in Birmingham. We are currently working with Birmingham City Council and Digital Birmingham as part of the Financial Inclusion Partnership to help equip people with digital skills ahead of the Universal Credit rollout this year.
  • Digital Birmingham is part of Birmingham City Council’s ICT and Digital Service that is helping to facilitate access to digital technologies for it’s citizens
  • Get Online Week is the country’s biggest campaign helping people to improve their digital skills. Now in its eleventh year, Get Online Week 2017 aims to help everyone take their next step to being more confident online - whatever their level of skill - by trying just one new thing online. Find out more at www.getonlineweek.com
  • Get Online Week is managed by Good Things Foundation Foundation - a charity that helps combat social inequality by ensuring everyone has the chance to gain the skills and access they need to make the most of the internet. Since 2010, Good Things Foundation has helped more than 2 million people. Find out more at www.goodthingsfoundation.org
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