Roadshow set to get Angus online

Singer and newspaper columnist Michelle McManus who is an avid fan of the Internet
Singer and newspaper columnist Michelle McManus who is an avid fan of the Internet

A nationwide road show 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 Monday until May 8, offering free, informal, drop-in sessions on how to get online and the benefits the Internet can bring.

Trained and friendly staff will host over 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 firsthand, 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 Dundee and Angus on the following dates, times and locations: Wednesday, April 22 from 2 to 4 pm at Parkview Bowling Club, Park View, Brechin; Sunday 26, Monday 27 and Tuesday 28 from 9 am to 6 pm at Wellgate Shopping Centre, Dundee; Friday, May 1 from 9 am to 12 pm at ASDA Dundee, Friday 1 May from 2 pm to 4pm at Carnoustie Bowling Club; Saturday, May 2 and Sunday, May 3 from 9 am to 6 pm at Overgate Shopping Centre, Dundee.

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. 

Singer and newspaper columnist Michelle McManus 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.”