On the road to get Ayrshire online

Michelle McManus Let's Get on team member Sarah Bates And MSP Keith brown take part in the launch of a nationwide road show in Edinburgh
Michelle McManus Let's Get on team member Sarah Bates And MSP Keith brown take part in the launch of a nationwide road show in Edinburgh

A nationwide road show which will be visiting Ayrshire is set to help people across Scotland get online.

The Scottish Government’s Let’s Get On team will visit 75 towns and cities from 6 April until 8 May offering free, informal, drop-in sessions on how to get online and the benefits the internet can bring.

Trained and friendly staff will host around 90 sessions at a variety of locations ranging from supermarkets to shopping centres to sports clubs and local community hubs. The team will help people experience the benefits of being online first hand by demonstrating a variety of online activities such as how to set up an email address, tips for safe internet shopping and banking and how to video call friends and family.

Free, informal, drop-in sessions will take place in Ayrshire on the following dates, times and locations:

Thursday 30 April from 10am to 6pm at Lidl Kilmarnock, 38 High Glencairn Street, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, KA1 4AG

Friday 1 May from 10am to 6pm at ASDA Irvine Superstore, Rivergate Shopping Centre, Irvine, KA12 8EH

Saturday 2 May from 10am to 4pm at Brodick (Arran) Golf Club, Brodick, Isle of Arran, KA27 8DL

Friday 8 May from 10am to 6pm at ASDA Girvan Supermarket, 15 Vicarton Street, Girvan, KA26 9HF

Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities Keith Brown said: “We want everyone in Scotland to enjoy the benefits of being online.

“The Let’s Get On road show will get into the very heart of communities across Scotland, offering people the opportunity to take the first step in getting online and highlighting the many benefits. The internet can bring huge advantages to people’s lives, whether it’s finding a job or keeping in touch with friends and family and getting connected can save people time and money.

“Let’s Get On supports our digital world class 2020 vision by bringing technology to life for people. It will make people’s lives easier and help the Scottish Government achieve its goal of a more connected, fairer, wealthier and smarter digital Scotland.”

Singer and newspaper columnist Michelle McManus who is an avid fan of the internet, said: “I couldn’t live without the internet as I use it regularly to keep in touch with my family. I set up Skype on my parent’s television and they use it to keep in touch with me, wherever I might be, and our family in Canada and Australia. I personally love using FaceTime to catch up with my baby nephew and godchild and one of my best friends has just moved to Malaysia and we Skype each other every week.

“There are so many great benefits to being online. It makes my life easier and saves time with banking and shopping. I would recommend anyone who isn’t online or needs help getting online to head along to your local Let’s Get On session.”

The Let’s Get On road show is supported by an information line which people can call on 0300 004 1000 and find out where and when their nearest session is, as well as more about other learning centres and courses in their local area which offer help and support to get connected. Those online who know friends or family that would benefit should visit www.letsgeton.scot.