Digitober 2021

Digitober is a month-long festival that celebrates and showcases the amazing work of Greater Manchester’s digital sector throughout the month of October.

Our digital officers and Wigan’s Digital Communities Partnership will be delivering inspiring digital activities, talks and other events throughout October.

To follow our team online, check out our @DigitalWigan Twitter and @DigitalWigan Instagram accounts.

What's the aim of Digitober?

Started by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (external link) in 2020, Digitober aims to ensure everyone in Greater Manchester, whatever their age, location or situation, can benefit from the opportunities digital brings.

Wigan Council are committed to achieving the digital inclusion ambitions (external link) set out by the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham. His vision is for Greater Manchester to become one of the first city regions in the world to equip all under 25s, over 75s and disabled people, with the skills, connectivity, and technology to get online.

Along with putting together a jam-packed Digitober each year, we launched our new digital strategy in June 2021, which outlines our pledges to create a truly digital borough.

What’s On in Digitober

Take a look at what's happening this Digitober and how you can get involved.

Our Future Digital Wigan

Greetings from the Future! Throughout October, get involved in a fun project for people of all ages, including families, students, or anyone passionate about digital technology.

Design an image, write a description, or make a video about your future Digital Wigan. You could tell us all your ideas or concentrate on one area. For example, the hospital of the future using technology to heal. What will Wigan Borough and digital technology be like in the future? What technology will we use in our schools, homes, businesses, hospitals and in the environment?

TechMate Tea Parties

Our TechMate Tea Parties are a free drop-in session for anyone looking for support with basic digital skills. Ideal for beginners!

The Tea Parties will be attended by TechMate volunteers. Bring your own device or one can be provided to introduce you to the world of digital. Where and when:

  • Wigan Library, Wigan Life Centre, The Wiend, Wigan, WN1 1NH, first Monday of the month 11:30am-1pm
  • Leigh Library, Civic Square, Market Street, Leigh, WN7 1EB, second Tuesday of the month 11:30am-1pm (the first session on 5th October will take place at Leigh Archives, any sessions after that will be delivered at Leigh Library)
  • Fifteens @ Standish, 73 High St, Standish, Wigan WN6 0HD, third Wednesday of the month 10am-11am
  • Ashton Library, Wigan Road, Ashton-in-Makerfield, Wigan, WN4 9BH, fourth Thursday of the month 1:30pm-3pm
  • Shevington Methodist Church, Gathurst Lane, Shevington, Wigan WN6 8HA, every Friday 10am-12pm.

We're also looking for passionate and reliable volunteers and organisations to support or host their own TechMate tea parties across Wigan Borough. If you're interested and would like more information, please email digitalsupport@wigan.gov.uk

Passionate about digital and helping people? Become a TechMate volunteer.

Get Online Week - 18th-24th October

There will be a variety of digital learning activities taking place across the borough, where you'll be able to get digital support for you and your loved ones.

Ask My GP digital drop-in

Learn how to use askmyGP at our free drop-in session. AskmyGP is an online service where you can seek help from a GP at your practice using your smartphone, tablet or computer - anytime, anywhere. Bring your smart device with you and we’ll help you get set up and show you how to use askmyGP.

  • Where and when? Wigan Library, Wigan Life Centre, The Wiend, Wigan, WN1 1NH, Thursday 21st October, 10am-2pm

Digital skills support for carers

Every Monday, 2pm-3:30pm throughout October, Wigan and Leigh Carers Centre (WLCC) will be offering support to learn essential digital skills such as searching for information, communicating, staying safe and shopping online. The Carers Centre also host a Coffee Morning (in-person or online) and a variety of other events and activities to support Carers living in Wigan and Leigh.

Digital job club drop-in sessions with Elysium Training

Weekly speakers as well as job search support with Elysium Training, all FREE.

Where? Tots Plot Surestart Centre, Parkfield Avenue, Astley, M29 8EF. Sessions include:

  • Wednesday 20th October, 3.30pm-5.30pm, Job searching support with a guest speaker - Aesthetics specialist to discuss self-employment around aesthetics, hair and beauty, training available and opportunities
  • Wednesday 27th October, 3.30pm-5.30pm, Job searching support with a guest speaker - Construction specialist to discuss training and employment opportunities in construction
  • Wednesday 3rd November, 3.30pm - 5.30pm, Job searching support with a guest speaker - Self-employment specialist to discuss self-employment compliance, legalities, establishing as a sole trader or limited company and subcontracting opportunities available locally.

You can book your free session on the Elysium Training website (external link).

Introduction to Arduino Code and Electronics with the Northwest Computer Museum

Learn basic electronics and C++ language at this amazing FREE 6 week course. From programming to light an LED light, to creating an input signal to control LEDs. The course is supported by in-house volunteers who are programming specialists and electronic tutors.

Where? Leigh Spinners Mills, Park Lane, Leigh, WN7 2LB. Sessions are as follows:

  • Day 1, Thursday 28th October, 6pm-8pm - Introduction to PC, Arduino board, C++, Electronic Parts
  • Day 2, Friday 29th October, 6pm-8pm - First circuit (LED blink) and two LEDs blink
  • Day 3, Monday 1st November, 6pm-8pm - LED bar graph
  • Day 4, Tuesday 2nd November, 6pm-8pm - LED blink smoothly
  • Day 5, Wednesday 3rd November, 6pm-8pm- Control LED with push button switch
  • Day 6, Saturday 6th November, 2pm-4pm - Demonstration day, where you showcase your learning with your family!

You can book your place on the Northwest Computer Museum website (external link) or call 01942 582826.

Places are limited and aimed at children and young people age 8-16 years old.

Think Digital with Think Ahead Stroke

Think Ahead Stroke is a local charity delivering service-led activities to our 600+ community of stroke survivors and their carers.

We'll be launching our 'Think Digital' project in October. Following consultation with our members to identify digital needs, Think Ahead Stroke plan to develop an appropriate digital learning programme to increase skills, confidence and motivation and reduce social isolation. This will ensure digital connectivity for the vulnerable within our community of stroke survivors and carers.

Co-operative Bank Pop-Up Van

Join the Co-operative Bank Pop-Up Van team for digital and financial advice. Located in both Wigan and Leigh town centres, the team will be on hand to speak to any members of the public wanting to drop by for a chat. When and where:

  • Monday 18th October, 9am-5pm - Outside McDonalds on Bradshawgate, Leigh Town Centre
  • Wednesday 10th November, 9am-5pm - Outside Moon Under Water pub, Wigan Town Centre

Digital Communities Partnership Day

To celebrate our amazing Digital Communities Partners, on Wednesday 6th October we're holding the Digital Communities Partnership Day on our social media accounts, @DigitalWigan Twitter and @DigitalWigan Instagram.

The Digital Communities Partnership is a group of local community organisations offering a variety of courses and learning opportunities for all age ranges across Wigan borough.


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