Published: Jul 15th, 2013 | Author: Laura Simpson

A one-year project in Nairn to help local people access the Internet, learn new skills and realise the benefits of being online is hosting a launch event on Thursday 18th July at the Nairn Community & Arts Centre.

If you have always wanted to get online, but lacked the confidence to give it a go, then come along to a drop-in session from 2pm to 4pm to learn how to get online, save money on bills, research your favourite hobby, use email and keep in touch with friends and family around the world using Skype. Everyone is welcome.

The project is managed by national charity Citizens Online and funded by BT (as part of the wider Get IT Together programme) and Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).

Our locally based Project Coordinator is working closely with staff from partner agencies and other community planning partners, as well as individuals and community groups, to both highlight the benefits of digital inclusion and to provide assistance to individuals to get online.

Rt. Hon. Danny Alexander, MP for Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey, said he was delighted to welcome BT’s Digital Inclusion Project to Nairn. Mr Alexander said: “I am very sorry that I am not able to come along to see this very welcome initiative.

“Helping people to get online and building their confidence is vital to realising the many benefits this can both bring to them as individuals and to the economy of their community.

“I would encourage everyone in Nairn and across the Highlands, especially those who have not yet ventured online, or those who simply want to improve their confidence or job skills, to take advantage of this great opportunity.”

John Fisher, Chief Executive of Citizens Online, said: “We are really pleased to be working in Nairn and looking forward to the opportunity to deliver the project across the region. The success of these initiatives is working in partnership and the team is keen to talk to any organisation, community group or individual that would like to participate or get involved in any way.”

Brendan Dick, director, BT Scotland, said: “BT have made significant investments in training across the Highlands and Islands supporting local communities. This exciting project is part of BT’s Better Future programme which is a commitment to use the power of communications to improve lives and ways of doing business. It is one of a number of projects that BT is running to help people get online and develop the skills and confidence to use the internet, to help with activities such as looking for a job, building a business, developing new skills or simply browsing for bargains.”

Theresa Swayne, Senior Development Manager for Digital at HIE, said: “Highlands and Islands Enterprise are delighted to extend the ‘Get IT Together’ Highlands and Island project to Nairn, and support the appointment of a Digital Inclusion officer, as part of the Digital Highlands and Islands ‘IT Business and Community Support’ programme.

“Nairn is the first town in the region to receive Next Generation Broadband (NGB) through BT’s commercial roll out and the HIE/BT £146m project will see more areas in the region benefit from these services by 2016.


“It is equally important that people have the knowledge and skills to use digital technology, and establishing a ‘Get IT Together’ project in Nairn, in partnership with Citizens Online and BT, takes us another step forward to realising HIE’s ambition to create a world class digital region.

“HIE will support this project and follow developments with interest, evaluating impacts through case studies and supporting local businesses to realise the benefits.”



Contact for media – Jane Beaton, Citizens Online / 07557 97 31 38


About Citizens Online Citizens Online is a national charity that believes participation in the digital world is a fundamental part of modern life.  It is our aim to ensure that the benefits of digital technologies can be enjoyed and shared by everybody, so that our society may become more inclusive and just.  Further information is available at

About Highlands and Islands Enterprise Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) delivers the Scottish Government’s economic strategy by supporting the sustainable growth of ambitious businesses and communities across the Highlands and Islands of Scotland.

HIE serves a diverse region which covers over half of Scotland and is home to almost half a million people.HIE supports hundreds of client businesses and social enterprises across the region; strengthens communities, particularly in fragile areas; develops key sectors, and invests in infrastructure to create a more competitive and low carbon region.Our priority sectors for growth include Energy, Life Sciences, Food and Drink, Creative Industries, Tourism, Financial and business services and Universities.

For further information on Digital Highlands and Islands go to, email or Freephone



About BT Scotland


About BT

BT is one of the world’s leading providers of communications services and solutions, serving customers in more than 170 countries.  Its principal activities include the provision of networked IT services globally; local, national and international telecommunications services to its customers for use at home, at work and on the move; broadband and internet products and services and converged fixed/mobile products and services.  BT consists principally of four lines of business: BT Global Services, BT Retail, BT Wholesale and Openreach.

In the year ended 31 March 2013, BT Group’s revenue was £18,017m with profit before taxation of £2,501m.

British Telecommunications plc (BT) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BT Group plc and encompasses virtually all businesses and assets of the BT Group.  BT Group plc is listed on stock exchanges in London and New York.

For more information, visit

About BT’s Better Future programme

Better Future is BT’s commitment to use the power of communications to improve lives and ways of doing business – without it costing the earth. BT has set itself three goals to achieve by 2020 which will help it to grow sustainably, especially in new emerging markets. The goals focus on connecting people digitally (‘Connected Society’), using our skills and technology to help society support good causes (‘Improving Lives’), and ensuring BT makes a net positive contribution to the environment (‘Net Good’). They are rooted in what BT does best – bringing together our networks and technology with the expertise of our people to make a better world. Being a responsible and sustainable business leader is one of BT’s six strategic priorities for growth. For further information, visit




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