TechMates Helping Hundreds More Residents Stay Safe Online

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Online Safety
Online Safety

Wigan Borough residents are becoming safer and better internet users thanks to the council’s successful and expanding digital inclusion network. Regular TechMate Tea Parties, where unsure net users can drop-in for help with all kinds of tech issues, now take place in nine different locations all across the borough.

Local volunteers have been at the heart of the TechMates expansion, giving up a combined 390 hours of their spare time last year to help those who are less tech-savvy. Seven of the nine regular Tea Parties are now also exclusively volunteer-led.

Sarah Platt, who hosts weekly drop-ins at Ashton Library, said: “Internet safety is the biggest thing for me; I like knowing that people are safe online. There’s a lot of bad things out there and people who are vulnerable or new to the digital age need help to be safe. I’d highly recommend being a TechMate. You don’t need to know everything; even if you know just a little bit about something that you’re passionate about it can take you miles!”

To find your nearest TechMate Tea Party or learn more about TechMates and the Digital Communities Partnership visit Digital Wigan. You can also follow the Digital Wigan team on X (external link) and Instagram (external link).