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Campaigns highlight that October is the time to get online!

October is going to be a particularly busy month for the Digital Communities Wales team, as we’re involved in three campaigns that all show the value and relevance of digital inclusion in everyday life.

First up is Age Positive Week, in the first week of October, which is Age Cymru’s annual celebration of all that’s positive about ageing. We provide support to organisations that work with people, and others that are involved in intergenerational work between younger and older people, through our Digital Heroes initiative. Enabling older people to do more online and with digital technology can be life changing. We’ll be sharing the amazing story of a lady in her 90s who is embracing the latest in home technology. During the week, we’ll also highlight case studies of some of the work that we’ve been involved in to help older people. Look out for @agecymru and #agepositiveweek on Twitter.

Libraries Week runs between 8th and 13th October. This year, the campaign has a focus on wellbeing. Libraries across the country will showcase how they bring communities together, combat loneliness, provide a space for reading and creativity and support people with their mental health. A number of Welsh libraries have signed the Digital Inclusion Charter, to show their commitment to promoting digital inclusion and providing opportunities for people to increase their online skills. Libraries have also been a place where digital volunteers have helped others to do more with computers, smartphones and tablets, many at regular Digital Fridays sessions. Check Twitter during the week for @librariesweek and #LibrariesWeek.

Last but definitely not least is Get Online Week. Run by The Good Things Foundation, Get Online Week will promote and celebrate the positive impact that digital technology can make on people’s lives. There will be thousands of events taking place around the country, with a link-up to Australia as Get Online Week goes global for the first time! As part of our involvement, our team will be sharing its top tips when online. We’ll be promoting any Get Online Week events that take place in Wales, along with any training or webinars that we’ll be running. With The Good Things Foundation, we’ll also be sharing a set of online learning resources, known as ‘Learn My Way’, which will be made available in Welsh for the first time. As ever, it’ll be busy on social media! Go to Twitter during the campaign @GetOnlineWeek and follow the hashtags #GetOnlineWeek and #Try1Thing.

Let us know if you get involved in any of these campaigns by tagging us into any tweets, using @dc_wales. October is a great time to do more online!