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News & Upcoming Events

Rotherham Digital Inclusion Network Launch  October 6th

The Rotherham Digital Inclusion Network (RDIN) held its launch event “Getting Rotherham Online” on Monday October 6th at the Unity Centre in Rotherham. The event was well attended by both the public, volunteers and local support organisations.

Communitas is an active partner in the RDIN, a group of individuals and organisations, in and around Rotherham, who work together to maximise opportunities for everyone to become able, confident and safe in accessing the internet.   Communitas  is currently utilising Union Learning Funded resources to support learners in several community settings, as a result of this partnership.

ULF project officer, Pauline Thrower is delivering introductory courses throughout the area and can be contacted at should you wish to join one of her informal groups. Pauline is able to cater for all ability levels, from absolute novice to more accomplished users.

Steve Ruffle, Development Manager, Rotherham Federation of Communities said “So much nowadays happens online. Those people who are not on or familiar with using the internet are missing out on so much.

 Nearly 20% of Rotherham residents are not online or don’t have the internet skills everyone needs nowadays for work, play, health, information and much more. Most importantly being on the internet can help you save a lot of money and because of this, many of the poorest people in the Borough are becoming even poorer.

More and more people, particularly some of us who are over 50 are losing out and being left behind. The network is about working with and supporting people to feel comfortable online not making people do things they don’t want to. The web should be for everyone.

This “Getting Rotherham Online’ event marks the launch of the Rotherham Digital Inclusion Network (#RDIN) – a group of people and organisations wanting to make a difference, to help people all around the Borough to get online and be confident using the web”.

We will offer general advice such as setting up an email address and web searches, we will signpost to the sessions run by Pauline, if you are interested in attending a course.

Find out how to access support, raise the profile of your group or join a local community activity with Rotherham Gismo. Rotherham Gismo is your one stop online shop for all your voluntary, community and faith sector needs in Rotherham.

Come and find out how South Yorkshire Housing Association are helping to get Rotherham Online. Discover if an ‘IT and Cakes’ session is running near you and learn more about how to get online safely and easily with simple courses available for free.     Have a go on an I Pad or tablet and see what getting online could do for you.

Find out about the website that provides information and advice about what services are out there to help you stay active and in-dependent in Rotherham.

We provide a variety of ICT courses to develop new skills or refresh existing ones. Change your career or your lifestyle or simply enjoy new opportunities to learn. Whether you’re new to the digital world, wanting to stay in touch with family or friends or just wanting to explore what digital technology is all about, we have courses to suits your needs.

Your Account is a new online service available for customers to access personal account records held with RMBC. Some of the services available now through Your Account include, Council Tax, Benefits and Libraries. For Council Tax you can now, check your balance online, see what payments you have made and are due, view a copy of your bill, make payments and report changes. Access to your services is through one single secure log in meaning you don’t have to remember lots of different pass-words. Registering for Your Account is simple and straightfor-ward, all you need is an e-mail address, talk to us today to find out more…. If you don’t have an e-mail address we can still help.

Interactive activities such as who wants to be a millionaire with drug and alcohol awareness.