Published: February 14, 2011
Burnham MP supports campaign for increased Internet usage

Burnham-On-Sea's MP has made a special visit to the town's UK Online centre where she has praised its work in helping more local people to use the Internet.

Tessa Munt visited the Burnham Area Youth Centre in Cassis Close on Friday (February 11th) where she met some of the UK Online team and its users.

She heard how one in five adults across the UK don't use computers or the Internet and that a nationwide UK Online campaign is currently underway to inspire them to get change that.

Tessa chatted to some of the centre's existing learners and also met some of the new visitors getting to grips with computers.

She told "It was a real pleasure to meet people at the BAY centre, and I am always impressed by how friendly and dedicated the staff are, and how easy they make it for people to take their first steps online, or just learn something new. The BAY Centre is a great resource for the Burnham area, and a great way for people to get into technology and get started online."

The centre's co-ordinator, Mike Lang, added: "We know from experience that anyone and everyone can get more out of life being online. The fact is that people don’t use computers and the Internet for their own sake – they use them to do the things they do anyway, but more quickly, more cheaply and more often."

"We’re delighted at how many people made going online their New Year’s resolution, and we’re looking forward to welcoming back some of the visitors who came through our doors for the first time. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never used computers before, or if you already know a little bit, we’re here to help. Don’t wait for next New Year - you can pop in and pay us a visit any time."

The BAY Centre is among over 1,500 UK Online centres across the UK. To get in touch, call Mike Lang on 07889 815860.

Tessa is pictured talking with Mike Mansfield , Ken Liddel, centre volunteer Andrew Jackson during her visit


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