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A national push to encourage and inspire people to get online is under way.

Spearheaded by the Scottish Government and galvanised by partner organisations under the overall Digital Scotland brand, the Let’s Get On campaign is a concerted effort to help people from all walks of life to get connected and take advantage of the benefits of the digital age.

Libraries, clubs and community organisations across the country are supporting the Let’s Get On campaign and offering people the opportunity to join classes and support groups, showing them how to get online and use the internet to their advantage.

Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop said: “Recent statistics show almost 20 per cent of the population in Scotland are still not using the internet and so missing out on its benefits. Whether you want to get a job, catch up on the latest football fixtures, find the best deals or get connected with friends and family, getting online can help and is easier than you think.

“We believe that working in partnership with organisations who have the same vision as we do – to see people and businesses make the most of digital connectivity, get online and enjoy the benefits that the internet can bring – will help us achieve our goal of a fairer, wealthier and smarter digital Scotland.”

To find out more about what support is available in your local area please call 0800 77 1234 or visit www.letsgeton.org

Helen Ball (77) was recently widowed when she attended basic IT sessions delivered by a local community project – Get IT Together - to help her get online.

And she was so impressed with what she had learnt that she had broadband installed at her home and now uses Skype and sends emails regularly as well as enjoying BBC iPlayer.

Helen is now able to stay in contact with her family on the mainland and her son who travels around the world for work.

She said: “Seeing my family over Skype makes me feel closer to them. I am not a good traveller so I was always dependant on them travelling to me. Now I can see them without all the travelling. I found the thought of going online very daunting at my age but with help and support the process was in fact easier than I thought and I haven’t looked back since”.