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Julie goes ‘digital’ for Rochdale’s new festival
- 24 February 2015
Whether it's how to set up an email account, making video calls with Skype, shopping safely on line or setting up your own Facebook or Twitter page you'll be able to find out how at Rochdale Digital Festival. There'll also be staff showing you how to do your banking online, use social networks, search for jobs and more.
Julie, who won Best Serial Drama Performance at the 2014 National Television Awards has been back on our screens this month in the Channel 4 drama series 'Cucumber.'
She said anyone who isn't fully using new technology or just wants some support should come along on Saturday:
"You're welcome to bring along your own iPad or other tablet if you'd like some help with it ... the festival will provide a real hands-on experience, helping you to understand what it all means and how it can help you. It's certainly worth a couple of hours of your time ... a very useful way to spend your time on Saturday!"
The festival will include exhibitions and workshops to help you, and BBC Radio Manchester will be broadcasting live.
If you are having problems with your laptop, iPad, phone or tablet, students from Hopwood Hall College will be able to help - at the festivals appropriately named 'FixIt Bar'.
A host of businesses including Marks & Spencer, Asda, Three, Rochdale Online, BT and Barclays Digital Eagles will be there alongside council staff, showing how to browse, buy and use services online, saving you time and money.
Boots staff and other health specialists will be showing how digital technology can be good for your health too – providing health MOTs in the 'Health Hub'.
There's something for all the family, with a children's area where youngsters will be able to play on an Xbox, PS3 and Wii games systems. Actors will also bring to life well known characters from classic children's literature, as they read from the library's eBooks collection.
You can have a play on a digital piano and find out the secrets of being a professional DJ with the Vibe Youth Music project. And if all this inspires you to learn more, Hopwood Hall College will be showcasing the latest curriculum of digital courses!
"It doesn't matter if you've never touched a computer before or if you already know a bit – the festival on Saturday will give you the chance to give it all a go"
Added Julie. "If you already use the internet you can find out more about the festival by clicking www.rochdale.gov.uk/DigitalFest." Otherwise just come along to Rochdale Digital Festival at Number One Riverside, on Saturday, from 11am to 3pm.
Issued by Rochdale Borough Council.