Digitober 2023

Digitober (external link) is a month-long festival celebrating and showcasing the amazing work of Greater Manchester’s digital sector. Greater Manchester local authorities are working together to ensure all GM residents can Get Online (external link).

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

Digital learning and support

Get Online Week took place between 16-22 October, so why not take advantage of the available borough wide support:

  • For basic digital support, our TechMates programme and TechMate Tea Parties are great sessions for beginners. Receive your own TechMate volunteer, or join our FREE drop in Tea Party sessions to introduce yourself to the world of digital. There are a number of regular TechMate Tea Parties taking place across the borough during October.  No booking required.
  • LearnMyWay – free online courses for beginners, helping you develop digital skills.  Online basics include using a mouse and keyboard, setting up an email account and searching and exploring the internet.
  • iDEA – free online courses to develop digital, enterprise and employability skills.  Suitable for immediate to more advanced learners, covering subjects such as coding, social media, research and safety.
  • Wigan Adults Learning and Skills offer a wide variety of courses that will give you the opportunity to learn something new, update your qualifications or kick-start a new career.

Digital connectivity

  • Wigan Libraries offer a range of educational and recreational services - You can get online for free with access to computers and WiFi, take part in activities and learn new skills.
  • Wigan Council have partnered with the Good Things Foundation to offer data packages to those who are digitally excluded via The National Databank. The programme aims to reduce digital poverty by helping connect digitally excluded adults to free data.
  • Find your nearest Online Centre (external link) or contact members of the Digital Communities Partnership for digital learning and support.

Are you working to support digital excluded adults in Wigan?

The Tablet Lending Library aims to bridge the digital divide by helping local organisations and professionals connect digitally excluded adults to a free tablet device with data. The scheme also makes multiple tablet devices available to loan for projects run by partner organisations looking to deliver their own digital inclusion projects. If you’re an organisation working to tackle digital exclusion in Wigan borough, you can help residents and gain priority access to devices, training and data by joining the Digital Communities Partnership.

Find out what we have been doing to support residents to get online

  • Digital Wigan Stories - Find out how Wigan Council have been helping people to get online with access to devices, data and a network of partners working together to support people with digital learning and skills.

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