St Catherine's secures additional funding for 500 free places under Digital Skills scheme

One in six adults in Ireland have still have never used the Internet

Darren Hassett

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St Catherine's Community Services Centre

St Catherine’s Community Services Centre has been awarded more grant funding to actively support people to move online and enjoy all that the internet offers.  

Andrea Dalton, Co-ordinator of Community and Parental Education in St Catherine’s was delighted to secure a further 500 training places to provide free basic digital skills training to people in Carlow under the Digital Skills for Citizens Grant Scheme.  

St Catherine’s along with other training partners have trained over 1,250 people in Carlow over the past two years.

An additional 500 spaces have now been allocated to Carlow for 2019 with the possibility of securing another 500 later in the year.

The Digital Skills for Citizens Scheme is a key part of the Government's National Digital Strategy which recognises the importance of enabling all citizens to realise the full social and economic potential of the digital world.

Digital skills can empower and enrich the lives of people, giving them better access to information, culture, entertainment, social networking, eGovernment services, as well as online goods and services.

For those already online, the benefits of the internet are clear. A few simple steps and a digital world opens before you – one where old friends can catch up, businesses and customers can find each other and access to information is easy.  

But many people have never had a chance to learn these skills.

The aim of the Digital Skills for Citizens Scheme is to give people the confidence, motivation and skills to take their first steps online, so that they can play their part in an increasingly digital world.  

Almost one in six adults living in Ireland has never used the Internet. 

Under the Scheme, citizens will be provided with 10 hours of classroom training, free of charge. 

Lessons are structured to cover the basics skills, and also allow flexibility to address the particular needs and preferences identified by the trainees in attendance.

St Catherine’s and it partners have free courses on offer all the time.  Just need to contact your nearest centre for dates and times.

The digital skills classes can be delivered using computers, tablets or mobile phones and can be accessed in St Catherine’s in Carlow or Forward Steps in Tullow.  

In addition St Catherine’s also have 22 tablets and can travel to groups to provide courses in their own local areas and communities.  

All they need is a room with Wi-Fi and they can provide the rest. They can also travel to neighbouring counties if there are groups there interested either.

For more information please contact Andrea Dalton on (059) 9138706