Free online skills session for residents with sight loss

Royal National Institute for Blind People’s (RNIB) Online Today project
will help local people with sensory loss get online.

Blind and partially sighted people in St Helens are invited to attend a
free online basic skills session to help them get online and benefit from
technology.

The event is part of RNIB’s Online Today scheme to get 125,000 people with sensory loss online nationwide.

The workshop is being delivered by partner organisation Action for Blind
People, at the 02 Digital Communities Hub, Hardshaw Centre, St Helens on Wednesday 2 December from 10am – 12.30pm or 2 – 4pm. Anyone with sight and or hearing loss is welcome to attend either of the sessions.

The session will include how to get the most from products such as tablets, smartphones and eReaders. There will also be the chance to be hands-on and try out these gadgets and ask questions.

Internet use in the UK has significantly increased over recent years with
76% of adults accessing the internet every day in 2014, compared to just
38% in 2006. Millions of us rely on the internet for everyday tasks such as
shopping, banking and staying in touch with friends and family. However,
getting online and using technology can present many challenges for someone who is blind, partially sighted or has hearing loss.

Andrew Coleman, Assistive Technology Co-ordinator at Action for Blind
People, said: “Being online can make a huge difference to someone’s life.
We hope people with sight or hearing loss in St Helens will come along and find out how technology can open up a whole new world of discovery and independence.”

To find out more and to book your place please call Marlene on 01375 390953 quoting Online Today St Helens.

You can also learn more about Online Today by visiting
www.rnib.org.uk/onlinetoday.