Free CambWifi helps people get online

The free CambWifi network, launched by Connecting Cambridgeshire in early 2015, has meant that new Internet Clubs have been able to start up in public buildings, including libraries and children’s centres.

One such group is the Soham Internet Club which meets every two weeks at Soham library.

The club offers IT help for learners with computers and tablet/mobile devices. They also offer advice to people wanting to create an electronic CV, or help with online job seeking.. Attendees can use laptops supplied by Cambridgeshire County Council or take their own devices.

Groups like these are also helping older people with their computer skills. Howard Dyson, 70, enquired about gaining IT skills through Soham library and was signposted to the club.

Howard said of the club: “It has helped me to find days out for my friends and also means I can keep up to date with what’s happening in the world.”

“I felt as if I was missing out on things before as most events advertise online these days.”

A number of these clubs now run across Cambridgeshire thanks to the DWP Future Skills Fund and UKOnline’s Future Digital Inclusion Project.

Nyree Scott, Project Manager for Library Learning Service, who oversees the clubs said:“Being able to get free CambWifi is fantastic. We could not have launched the Soham Internet Club without it and it means people can get online more easily.”

Soham

Help to get online

Cambridgeshire County Council’s libraries and adult skills team supports a range of internet groups and computer sessions to help people get online with the help of local digital volunteers. For more information, contact Nyree.scott@cambridgeshire.gov.uk

Library Computer buddies offer one-hour free sessions to help people aged over 50 with basic/beginner IT/Computer skills. The sessions are led by skilled volunteer tutors and are flexible to suit individual computer skills needs. Customers are also encouraged to try a number of online Digital Unite guides to help with basic computer skills before booking a free buddying session. Call 0345 054 5200 to find out more.

Library Try Before You Buy events also run throughout the county allowing library visitors to test drive eBook readers, thanks to free events organised in partnership with local retailers. Customers can also learn about the fantastic selection of eBooks, eAudio books, eMagazines and eNewspapers now available from Cambridgeshire Libraries.