This week I’m sharing my blog with the team at UK online centres, so you can read what they’re getting up to during Go ON Sheffield. Today, Greg – our Training Delivery Officer – tells us what he’s been up to today during Go ON Sheffield.
“I was really excited to a part of Go ON Sheffield because I have spent the last 6 years living in Sheffield and it is great to be able to give something back to the city which has given me so much!
“My day started off very busily, as my first task was to make sure two of our events at Castle Market and the Firstpoint both had laptops with dongles so they could deliver taster sessions to people who wouldn’t normally have the opportunity to get online.
“Once Neil from Heeley Development Trust had arrived at Castle Market and I had got some laptops up and running, ready to be used, I headed over to the other side of Town to Firstpoint, Sheffield Council’s ‘one stop shop’, where I met (another) Neil, a volunteer from Plusnet. Before I was even able to get the laptop set I was approach by Mohammed. Mohammed is originally from Algeria, and he was really interested to find out more about internet safety. He was specifically interested in this as he’d had a bit of a bad experience before, previously having opened up some spam email which resulted in his computer being infected by (in his own words) ‘pesty’ Spyware!
“I showed Mohammed around the Go ON website and he was really keen to start learning. We got him registered for Online basics and he got part the way through the internet safety module before he had to rush off for another appointment. Luckily, we were able to use the centre search on Go ON to find a UK online centre near to him – and he couldn’t believe his luck when we found a centre in Gleadless just 0.1 miles away. It turns out Mohammed has been walking past the centre every day without knowing that he could go there to find some help. He’s promised to pop in over the next few days to find out more.
“After an exhaustingly satisfying day, it was fantastic and a real privilege to be part of the starting point in someone’s life-changing internet learning journey. I’m sure that with the help of Gleadless UK online centre, Mohammed will be able to surf the web safely, and have a great time doing so in no time at all!