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Free IT Clinic Comes To Rural East Devon

30th November, 2010
A FREE IT drop-in clinic will be held on Thursday November 25 at Peek Hall, Rousdon, between 1pm and 7pm. 

This is the third in a series of events funded by Devon and Somerset County Councils to help local businesses and individuals take advantage of inexpensive or free technologies and get more out of using computers and the internet.

The event will be hosted by Trinity Broadband and delivered by Cosmic, a Devon-based ethical IT company.   

Visitors will have the chance, over complimentary tea and cake, to find out more about what IT can do for them and to get straightforward advice and support, no matter what their current knowledge of IT is.  A friendly team of Digital Mentors from Cosmic will be on hand throughout to answer IT-related questions and visitors can book to bring their laptops to a free surgery to resolve any problems they are experiencing.

Councillor Ian Thomas, East Devon District councillor for Trinity, and chair of Trinity Broadband, said: "Cosmic will present short workshops throughout the afternoon and early evening including how to sell online, website design, mobile working, the use of social media for business and even Facebook for parents - we might at last know what our children are up to, and perhaps gain some benefit ourselves!"?

Councillor Will Mumford, Devon County Council's Cabinet Member for Economic Regeneration and Strategic Planning, said: "Effective use of IT is an essential tool for small rural businesses - which are the backbone of Devon's economy. Devon County Council wants to help firms make the most of all that IT can offer."

"Devon County Council is serious about helping businesses develop and grow so we've organised this clinic to help explain and demystify all the IT resources at their fingertips and the benefits of using them. It's not just for businesses - all members of the community who would like to find out more about how IT and broadband can improve their lives are welcome.

"The more people get involved, the stronger our case for a better broadband service in the area, which can often suffer poor connectivity."

Home-based workers are invited to work from the clinic from laptops set up with internet access and to enjoy the benefits of networking and having on-hand technical support.

The day will also update the local community on the work of Trinity Broadband Action Group, which was set up to solve the broadband connection problems in Trinity ward. The group sees broadband as key to improving the economy of the area, as many people run home-based businesses and are reliant on connectivity.

To book a session with a Digital Mentor, contact Cosmic on 01404 813226 or go to www.digitalmentors.org.uk

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