Charlie: A Get Online Week story

Get Online Week 2014

13-19 October is the 8th national Get Online Week, inspiring people across the UK to get online and do more with digital skills.

If you know someone who could benefit from learning some online skills – whether that’s starting at the very beginning or simply learning a bit more about how they could use the internet to make life easier – take them to contact Rivers for some friendly help.

Charlie Mills, 35, from Lichfield, only recently learned how to use computers and the internet
herself, and her new skills have helped her changed her life for the better. She wanted to help
others to do the same and volunteered to take part in the campaign. Charlie couldn’t believe it when the organisers ­ Tinder Foundation ­ called her up and told her she was going to be one of their
poster models, and then came round for a professional photoshoot!
She says: “I can’t believe I’m the face of a national campaign ­ I never for a moment thought I’d
make it as a model! Fortunately they made the whole thing really simple and friendly. And I
knew if I could inspire anyone else to get going with computers and the internet it was well worth
it.”

Helen Milner is Chief Executive of Tinder Foundation ­ the organisation behind the national
network of UK online centres and annual Get Online Week Campaign. She says: “People often
think it’s only those over 60 who aren’t online, but Charlie’s story proves that simply isn’t true.
What’s more, she’s in the best possible position to encourage others to follow in her footsteps
because she can say from the heart ‘if I can do it, so can you’. That’s a pretty strong message
for Get Online Week. I’m inspired by Charlie’s journey, and I know people seeing her poster
can’t fail to be inspired too.”

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