LIBRARIES across Cheshire West and Chester have helped people gain or improve their IT skills – from the age of 9 to 92 – during a special week of activities.

The annual Get Online Week is one of the largest campaigns in the country and helps people improve their computer and internet skills.

The aim of this year’s initiative has been to get people to use the internet for the first time and to also encourage those with basic skills who have never felt confident enough to go online.

Cllr Stuart Parker, executive member for culture and recreation, said: “Currently around 100,000 people in Cheshire have never used the internet including 64% of men and 77% of women over 75.

“The library events included one hour taster sessions on how to use the internet and email, how to begin researching your family history and how to use library e-resources for homework. There was even a session on how to get to grips with social networking sites.

“Success has been particularly highlighted by a 92-year-old resident who, at Lache Library, used the internet for the first time.

“And the feedback we have received from everyone has been very positive and has attracted new members to the libraries.”

Please see the libraries’ website www.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk /libraries for library contact details.