A roadshow to help people in the Highlands and Islands to make the most out of digital technology is making its way across the Highlands – offering practical advice to individuals, communities and businesses.
Developed for both social and business users, 'Our Digital Zone' will be setting up in venues across Dingwall, Fort William, Oban and Dunoon throughout January and February to share information on how technology can benefit how we live and work.
The programme, run by a partnership between Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), Business Gateway and Citizens Online, offers a wide range of free advice to any level of user. There's help for those taking the first steps in getting online, for people who want to develop their web or social media activity, or who want to discover more about the latest digital technology.
Adam Beeley, Senior Development Manager - IT Engagement at HIE, said: "Since Our Digital Zone was launched last year, we’ve had great feedback from the people and businesses who have taken part. The range of workshops is designed to cater for all levels of knowledge and experience and we have advisors on hand to answer a wide range of questions.
“If anyone can’t make it along to any of the events they can still contact us for details of the additional free support we have available.
"The roadshow ties in with the rollout of fibre broadband across the region. Dingwall can already access next generation speeds through the commercial rollout, although our events are designed to help people make the best of whatever speeds and technology they have available.
“As fibre broadband becomes more widely available it will make a huge difference to our online experiences, and we want to give people the confidence and skills to take full advantage of it."
The first events are being in Dingwall from Wednesday 15 to Thursday 23 January, with workshop sessions including ‘Intro to Social Media’, ‘Keeping Kids Safe Online’, ‘Improve your Website Performance’ and the popular ‘DigiTalk’ in partnership with MFR. A coding club for kids, Coderdojo, will help them learn everything they need to become a great programmer in a fun and sociable environment.
In addition to the support through the workshops, businesses can get more information on 'Digital Health Checks' which provide tailored advice on how to make better use of technology.