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Halton Housing is supporting Get Online Week

Halton Housing supporting Get Online Week 2019

Halton Housing supporting Get Online Week 2019

11th October 2019
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As an organisation leading the way with our Digital First programme, we’re proud to be supporting Get Online Week – an initiative led by Good Things Foundation, aimed at increasing people’s confidence using computers and the internet. 

The annual campaign, which this year runs from 14 to 20 October, inspires organisations like Halton Housing to make sure that everyone can take part in the digital world and get more from life online. 

Statistics show that 5.3 million people in the UK have never been online and there are 11.9 million people who don’t have the essential digital skills to navigate life and work. 

This year’s Get Online Week theme is ‘Getting more out of life online, so we’ve put together some helpful ideas for you or anybody you know who is looking to get online!  

Download the Halton Housing App 

Manage your tenancy 24 hours a day, at the click of a button by downloading our Customer App. 

Our Customer App allows you to manage your Halton Housing tenancy 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You can now pay your rent, raise a query, report a repair, report anti-social behaviour and do so much more via the Customer App, download it today! 

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Install broadband in your home 

Connecting to the internet starts with taking out a broadband contract with an internet provider. Most people tend to use the same company that provides their phone line for their internet service, or you can ask friends or relatives for recommendations. A good way to find out what broadband deals are available is to check out the price comparison sites that have been accredited by Ofcom. 

If you are in receipt of certain benefits you might qualify for BT Basics + Broadband which is a low cost telephone line and broadband product.  

Use a web browser and search engines 

A web browser is your way to access the internet. To visit a website, just type in the page you want to visit into the address bar. Once you get to the website’s homepage, there are many links you can use to browse the website. If you aren’t sure what a website’s address is, use a search engine like Google or Yahoo. Usually a browser has its own default search engine, so you can just type in key words in to the address bar and the browser will pull up its search engine to look for it. 

Bookmark web pages 

 As you start to browse websites you’ll find a few favourites that you might like to save so you can visit them again. Web browsers refer to these favourites as ‘Bookmarks’. The symbol for Bookmarks is usually next to the address bar, and then stored in files underneath the address bar. 

Create an email address 

Websites such as Outlook, Gmail and Yahoo let you create unique email addresses. You’ll be asked to create a username and password. If the username you want is taken, they may offer you alternatives. After creating an email address, you can try sending a message. Type in the email of the person you’re sending it to, write a message and press send. You can also attach things like pictures or documents. To do this just click ‘Attachments’ (or the paperclip symbol) and select the file you wish to attach. 

Remember that learning a new skill takes time, so don’t be disheartened if you don’t understand right away. Ask your friends and family to explain and show you how to do things. There are so many benefits to being online so give it a try today! 

What’s happening throughout the week in Halton? 

A range of activities are taking place throughout the week, from practical online support through to courses available throughout the borough to equip you with the skills to get online. Visit Halton Borough Council for more information.

 

 

 

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