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COMPUTER savvy residents are being encouraged to become a digital champion and help people across the Isle to discover the internet.

The Northern Lincolnshire Broadband project has teamed up with the national campaign ‘Go ON’ to encourage internet users to become digital champions.

Those interested will be asked to help people who have never used the internet before to learn essential online skills.

Figures show more than 27,000 people in North Lincolnshire over the age of 15 still don’t have basic internet skills - yet 90 per cent of all jobs will require ICT skills by 2015.

Councillor Neil Poole, Cabinet Member for Policy and Resources at North Lincolnshire Council, said: “Digital champions will help any internet beginners discover all the internet has to offer and stamp out the impression that there’s nothing to benefit them.

“They could help their family, friends or neighbours, a local charity or community organisation.

“This is a great way for people to share their time and skills to make a difference this Christmas.”

Information packs are available from the Northern Lincs Broadband website www.northernlincsbroadband.info, alternatively contact Yvonne Thompson on 01724 296926 or email yvonne.thompson@northlincs.gov.uk.