Get online with Go ON NI
Go ON NI helps people to get online safely, improve their skills and become more confident in the use of digital technology.
Go ON NI
Go ON NI is a government initiative which introduces digital technology to people who aren't familiar with going online and supports beginners who want to improve their online skills.
Go ON events are free and take place in libraries, community centres and various locations across Northern Ireland. They are informal digital technology awareness sessions that help you get online for the first time, improve your digital skills and can help you learn more about using smartphones and tablet devices.
Free internet access at local libraries
All local libraries offer computers with free internet access - you can book half hour or hourly sessions. Contact your local library for more information about this free service.
If you would like support with using computers and getting online, Libraries NI can help.
Libraries NI offer two types of computer courses that are called Got IT and Go ON.
If you are struggling with technology, having problems with your tablet, laptop or mobile phone or would just like more information on getting online then the Got IT course is for you.
If you can navigate your way around a computer and can use email the Go ON course can take you one step further. This course will enhance your existing computer skills by taking you through a variety of everyday tasks like online banking, shopping online and accessing services using the government website.
Supporting Communities offer basic digital skills courses primarily to individuals and community groups with a focus on older people and rural communities in Northern Ireland.
Business in the Community NI
Business in the Community (BITC) has been instrumental in working with government departments to engage business in addressing the issue of digital inclusion in Northern Ireland. This has seen Business in the Community introduce a number of significant initiatives including a Digital Assist steering group comprising leading business, voluntary and public sector organisations involved in both developing the projects but also engaging other employers to support delivery.
Training and resources
Go ON NI also promotes the work of other organisations who provide free digital training.
Digital Unite online guides cover topics such as computer basics, creating documents, email and Skype, using the internet, hobbies and interests, music and audio, smartphones and tablets, social networking, digital photography, internet security, shopping and banking .
Learn My Way
Learn My Way offer free online help for beginners, allowing you to develop digital skills to get the best out of being online.
You will need to create a Learn My Way account to access the full range of free courses.
Linking Generations NI (LGNI)
LGNI offers a range of free services, advice and guidance including projects, training and event support. LGNI leads the The Digital Age Project which:
- supports the use of technology as a way of linking generations
- promotes digital and social inclusion of older people through various IT programmes
The Digital Age Toolkit also has learner cards to “enhance your life online” - learn yourself to teach someone else how to access information, shop online, keep in touch via email and social media.
Tips for staying safe online
It is important to be aware of scams online and what steps you can take to protect both yourself and your information. Follow the links below for more information on what types of things to look out for when online.
For more information and tips about how to stay safe online visit: