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Go Digital with free events across NI for Get Online Week 2023

Elderly woman holding iPad

Head of Civil Service Jayne Brady has launched Get Online Week 2023 activities in Northern Ireland, aimed at helping people get online safely, improve their skills, and gain digital confidence.


Get Online Week takes place from 16 – 22 October 2023 with a range of events across Northern Ireland providing free digital training sessions.



All events are free, informal and include 1-2-1 eClinic’s providing help with using mobile devices, an introduction to iPad or tablet, help with online shopping and government services, looking into your family history and how to stay safe online.


Jayne Brady said:


“Technology is becoming more essential to everyday life so it’s vital we all work to bridge the digital divide.


“I would urge anyone who feels apprehensive about going online or even wants to increase their skills to get involved with Get Online Week. There are many benefits for those who are online, such as managing their health and well-being, applying for jobs, learning new skills, saving money, being more cyber secure and staying connected with friends and family.”



Paul Kelly (Senior Services Manager, Libraries NI), Head of the Civil Service, Adrienne Adair (Director of Library Services), Kim Aiken (Deputy Head of Services, Libraries NI).

(L to R) Paul Kelly (Senior Services Manager, Libraries NI), Head of the Civil Service, Adrienne Adair (Director of Library Services), Kim Aiken (Deputy Head of Services, Libraries NI).


Paul Duffy, Director of Digital, Security and Finance Shared Services, encouraged all those who don’t feel comfortable online to take advantage of the services, saying:


“I highly recommend anyone who needs help to get online to sign up for the courses during Get Online Week.


“Increasingly our daily life requires digital skills therefore it is essential we ensure no-one feels excluded or left behind and has the skills to access the services and information they need. Get Online Week gives people the opportunity to sit down with someone to learn new digital skills, helping to boost their confidence and understanding, in this increasingly digital age.”



Libraries NI Director of Library Services Adrienne Adair said:


“Libraries NI is delighted to host the launch of Get Online Week 2023. There are 96 libraries across Northern Ireland which offer free access to computers and Wi-Fi, as well as IT advice sessions with knowledgeable library staff. These services are designed to help people feel more confident in navigating life online and provide a supportive environment for them to learn about IT and technology at their own pace. Get Online Week presents an ideal occasion to highlight the ongoing services provided by libraries throughout the year and we are pleased that we can provide support for it.”


Some of the Go On events taking place at your nearest local library include (in order of date). Book by calling the phone number listed for each event:


• Family History (Larne Library)

Monday 16 October, 10:00am-12:00pm


Family History: Irish birth, death and marriage civil records online for beginners.


T: 028 2827 7047


1-2-1 e-Clinic (Ballyclare Library)

Monday 16 October, 10:00am-5:00pm


IT help for beginners: help with your mobile device, general IT assistance, information about library e-services.


T: 028 9335 2269



1-2-1 eClinic (Carnlough Library)

Tuesday 17 October, 2:00pm-5pm


IT help for beginners: help with your mobile device, general IT assistance, information about library e-services.


T: 028 2888 5552


1-2-1 eClinic (Broughshane Library)

Thursday 19 October, 2:00pm-5:00pm


IT help for beginners: help with your mobile device, general IT assistance, information about library e-services.


T: 028 2586 1613


1-2-1 e-Clinic (Carrickfergus Library)

Monday 23 October, 10:00am-2:00pm


IT help for beginners: help with your mobile device, general IT assistance, information about library e-services.


T: 028 9336 2261



1-2-1 eClinic (Whitehead Library)

Tuesday 24 October, 10:00am-1:00pm


IT help for beginners: help with your mobile device, general IT assistance, information about library e-services.

T: 028 9335 3249

1-2-1 e-Clinic (Antrim Library)

Wednesday 25 October, 10:00am-1:00pm


IT help for beginners: help with your mobile device, general IT assistance, information about library e-services.


T: 028 9446 1942


Creative Photos for Fun (Greenisland Library)

Friday 27 October, 10:00am-12:00pm


Find out how to order prints and create photobooks online.

T: 028 9086 5419



Social Media (Ballymena Library)

Tuesday 31 October, 10:30am-12:30pm


Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram - An introduction to some of the most popular social media apps.


T: 028 2563 3950


Get Online Week is organised by the Department of Finance, in partnership with several organisations including Libraries NI, Supporting Communities NI and Business in the Community NI.


For more information on ALL the event locations and times, please visit:



Go ON NI is run by the Digital Inclusion Unit, Digital, Security and Finance Shared Services (DSF) within the Department of Finance to increase digital skills amongst digitally excluded sections of the population.

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