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Go ON Give an Hour – It could change someone’s life!

28 October 2011

The BIG Lottery Fund is supporting Race Online’s Go ON Give an Hour – the biggest ever campaign devoted to inspiring, encouraging and supporting millions more people in the UK to get online by the Olympics.

8.7 million people in the UK have never been online. They’ve never made a skype call to a loved-one, looked at family pictures on Facebook, or saved lots of money by doing the shopping online.

On 30th October the clocks go back and everyone in the UK has an extra hour: Imagine if the 30 million people who use the internet everyday use this hour to transform someone’s life by helping them get online…

How do I give an hour?

If you love being online and know someone who isn’t, or have a bit more time on your hands and would love to volunteer, you could make a big difference. You don’t need to be an IT whizz to give an hour either. Just show someone how they can use the web to explore their hobbies and interests.

Anyone can make a pledge online and join the thousands of digital champions who have already signed up to the Digital Champion Network at Here you can also get your guide to what to do in an hour, watch inspirational films as famous faces show how they use the web, and find further local support.

BIG support

The Big Lottery Fund has a mission to support communities and people most in need. As so many services and opportunities are now online, it is important that individuals and communities already at greatest disadvantage don’t find their problems compounded through lack of access or understanding as to what is possible via the internet.

The Big Lottery Fund has funded more than 1,660 community projects which have supported people in creating websites and getting online.

Just this month, projects awarded grants for such activities include Bosham Primary School in Chichester, West Sussex, who received £9,989 to set up an after school club and train digital champions to encourage others to go online, while HOOPS Birmingham received £9,449 to deliver IT sessions to older people on basic computer applications including internet safety, paying bills and shopping online. Find out more

Grangetown Primary School in Sunderland also secured £9,990 for its Grandad’s Frightened of the Computer project, where staff will run a series of IT classes where children will work with their grandparents to learn new ways in which they can make best use of computers and the internet. Find out more

Rural Community Action Nottinghamshire has been using a BIG Lottery Fund grant to help over 50’s to get online. See a video of their project in action here

If you have an inspirational project or idea that can help people get online by 2012, one of our current funding programmes may be able to help.

One Comment leave one →
  1. 24 November 2011 1:40 pm

    Interesting, but to be honest I kind of envy people who don’t spend all their time surfing the net! It’s addictive and time-consuming!

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