North Kesteven District Council is expanding its popular Digital Hubs programme with new locations in Sleaford and Waddington to help residents make the most of their devices.
The free Digital Hubs have been available for several years in Heckington, Osbournby and Ruskington and provide an opportunity for people to learn how to use their devices correctly while avoiding pitfalls like viruses.
Rachael Gordon, Digital Hub Co-ordinator, said: “With smartphones, tablets and laptops now commonplace, it’s more important than ever to understand how to get the best out of them. So much of modern life uses the internet – from banking to shopping, and applying for jobs – and lots of people just need a bit of help.
“Lockdowns may have revealed people who’ve been getting by without using modern technology, but now realise they’re missing out. The Council’s Digital Hubs provide a space to come and get pointers on using technology and accessing online services effectively and safely.
“We’d be delighted to welcome new visitors along to our new Hubs in Sleaford at the Town Hall and Waddington’s Community Hub.”
Users can bring their own device along to a session and get help with a range of different activities such as accessing Council services, learning how to connect with friends via social media, sending emails or using video calling such as Zoom.
Carmen Nelson who attends the Heckington Digital Hub said: “The volunteers and staff at the Digital Hub have helped me to be able to use my phone and laptop with confidence and to connect with my family abroad.”
The Digital Hubs are run by the Council with the support of local volunteers. “We couldn’t run these services without our invaluable volunteer team – they enable us to provide one-to-one support. We’re always on the lookout for more volunteers – so if you have a couple of hours a week to spare and some tech skills, please get in touch,” said Rachael Gordon.
Current volunteer at the Heckington Digital Hub, Mark Guthrie, said: “Personally I benefit from the social side of the role, getting out and meeting different people. I also thoroughly enjoy helping people develop their skills in a subject that I enjoy, especially when I see those people being able to utilise their new skills to their own benefit.”
The Hubs are all at convenient community locations and take place weekly, free of charge:
- Sleaford Town Hall, Quayside House, Navigation Yard, Sleaford NG34 7TW
Every Tuesday from 10:30am – 12:00pm
- Osbournby Village Hall, 10 High Street, Osbournby, Sleaford NG34 0DP
Every Wednesday from 11:00am – 12:30pm
- Heckington Methodist Church Hall, Church Street, Heckington NG34 9RF
Every Wednesday from 1:30pm – 3:00pm
- Ruskington Methodist Church, Chapel St, Ruskington, Sleaford NG34 9DX
Every Thursday from 10:30am – 12:00pm