Halifax is to dispatch up to 2000 staff to UK libraries to run IT taster sessions for the estimated six million adults in the country who have never used the internet to get online.
The partnership, launched in Battersea library in London earlier this week, will be delivered as part of the Society of Chief Librarians Universal Digital Offer for Libraries. Their aim is to help people improve basic digital skills like getting online, sending emails, connecting with their families online or using social media for the first time.
The 60-90 minute IT taster sessions can be held either as part of a group or on a one-on-one basis and Halifax 'Digital Champions', comprising 2000 staff members, will be on hand to help people get to grips with the technology.
Peter McCarthy, regional director Greater London, Halifax says: “There are almost six million adults who have never used the internet. Working together we have the opportunity to make a real difference in helping people realise the benefits and, importantly, feel comfortable in doing so.”