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Bath College is working with the charity Action on Hearing Loss to offer people help to get online.

 

People with a hearing loss can learn how to browse the internet during a free session at the college’s Somer Valley Campus in Radstock.

 

They can also get help using their smartphone, setting up a social media account and ordering online shopping.

 

The session, run in connection with the Bath Digital Festival, takes place on Wednesday February 17 from 9.30am to 12.30pm.

 

It is part of Online Today, a UK-wide project funded by the Big Lottery and led by a number of charities, including Action on Hearing Loss, to help people benefit from technology.

 

Simon Blakeman, from Action on Hearing Loss, will be leading the free session supported by Bath College’s Adult Community Learning team.

 

The team runs a range of IT courses for groups across the county, including sessions for Age UK, St John’s Hospital and the Stroke Association.

 

Community engagement officer Anna Wheeler heads up the adult community learning team at Bath College.

 

She said: “One area which is becoming more and more in demand is training in use of computers, tablets and wider IT training.

 

“We are finding more and more people want some support in getting to grips with IT as we are encouraged to access everything, from our weekly shop to doctor’s appointments, online.

 

“We can help people who are new to technology and want to get started, or we can help develop the skills of those who already have some experience.”

 

Bath College is also running a free four-week course computer course starting on March 2. For more information call (01225) 328822 or click here.

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