Gainsborough: New scheme to give the public free internet use at the council

Jane Bennett and Matt Roninson will help people make the most of free internet access at the Guildhall
Jane Bennett and Matt Roninson will help people make the most of free internet access at the Guildhall

West Lindsey Council is offering people free access to the internet at their offices in Gainsborough.

Residents are invited to use the internet to send emails, search for information, apply for jobs, and much more on the public computers in the reception of the Guildhall in Marshall’s Yard.

Customers who aren’t confident with using computers can get help from friendly staff and volunteers.

The staff can demonstrate how to use useful websites at the customer’s own pace.

Private one-to-one sessions are also available for in-depth support.

Free expert advice and support is also on offer for help with employability and job applications.

With more and more business now being conducted online, the service will be seen as a vital step towards helping people in many aspects of life.

Many people have already benefited from this service.

Local girl Jess, 18, who has used the computers to apply for jobs, received support from employment advisor Jane Bennett.

Jess said: “I’m so glad I did it, as it really improved the amount of responses I’m getting to my job applications.”

“I’ve recently managed to get some interviews.”

“But before I came to the council and started using this scheme, I didn’t get any.”

Jane has encouraged me to apply for things and has improved my confidence.”

Aside from this support which is available every weekday, the Guildhall opens on Thursday evenings so customers can use the computers to do whatever they want in a casual session between 4pm and 6pm.

Again, help is on hand, should people need it, from trained council staff to help people get the best out of the internet to help improve their prospects.

For more information, and to find out about other places to get help to use computers around West Lindsey, call Frances Roddis on 01427 676513.

The project is part-funded by the European Social Fund, which was set up to help people get better jobs and ensures fairer job opportunities for all EU citizens.