Get Online Week is a digital inclusion campaign organised by Good Things Foundation.
3.7 billion people are digitally excluded worldwide (ITU, 2020). Over 13 million people people in the UK lack the digital skills they need for work (Lloyds Consumer Digital Index, 2020). A lack of digital skills and access can have a huge negative impact on a person’s life, leading to poorer health outcomes and a lower life expectancy, increased loneliness and social isolation, less access to jobs and education. If the last two years have taught us anything, it's how vital digital skills are to our wellbeing and safety.
In 2007, a date in October was first marked out to bring digital inclusion to national attention in the UK - and Get Online Day was born. In 2010, and for every year since, the campaign became a week-long, annual celebration, with thousands of events taking place in communities across the UK, giving everyone the chance to find the help they need to improve their digital skills.
In 2018 Good Things Foundation Australia joined the Get Online Week family and has been delivering the campaign then and each year since.
Get Online Week sees thousands of local events take place each year hosted by community organisations, giving everyone the chance to find the support they need to improve their digital skills and get motivated to learn more.
Last year, over 400 community organisations in the UK held events for people with low digital skills, reaching over 20,000 people.
72% of event holders said the campaign helped them to reach new people. In addition to supporting people to improve their digital skills, they also found it positively contributed to their community’s well being and helped people to socially connect with others.
89% said it raised awareness of digital inclusion and the benefits of learning digital skills.
This year's Get Online Week campaign will take place from 18 - 24 October 2021.
We believe everyone deserves the opportunity to safely participate in our digital world and no one should be left behind. Through Good Things Foundation’s network of community organisations and with the help of our supporters, events and activities will again take place in hundreds of communities to spread the Get Online Week message that everyone can: Get online. Get connected.
As the campaign gets closer, we’ll be sharing LOTS of tips and resources on how to do this and what your Get Online Week activities could look like, so you can engage with the people who need your help, whether that's online or in person.
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