CityFibre, the UK’s largest independent full fibre platform, is calling on people across the Thames Valley to ‘get online’ this week, as part of the annual celebration of all things digital by UK charity, the Good Things Foundation.

CityFibre, which is currently investing up to £250m to build future-proof full fibre networks in Slough, Reading, Bracknell and Maidenhead has curated a series of free, fun and informative events throughout ‘Get Online Week’ which aim to help more citizens get the most from their internet connection. The majority of events can be accessed at GOW2021.com, with an exciting line up including Citizens Online, the Festival of Digital Disruption, Worthing Digital, boxChilli, MIND Dorset and Insight2Games.

CityFibre is also sponsoring the Festival of Digital Disruption’s Tech 4 Good Day on Wednesday, 20th October.  The day is part of a week-long event programme curated by the Curious Lounge, aiming to encourage more people to consider a career in the creative, digital and tech industries.

Stacey King, CityFibre’s City Manager for the Thames Valley, said: “CityFibre is looking to bring gigabit connectivity to the Thames Valley and it’s incredibly important to us that as many people as possible are able to reap the benefits that come with a first-class full fibre connection. For anyone who is new to digital technology or those looking to brush up on their skills, we hope you’ll enjoy the programme of events we’ve put together for Get Online Week 2021. And for those looking for career inspiration, the Festival of Digital Disruption provides an exciting line up of amazing people who have either built their own business, successfully changed career paths or work for inspiring organisations.”

With a UK-wide remit, the Good Things Foundation is a social change charity that supports socially excluded people to improve their lives through digital upskilling. It launched Get Online Week in 2010 with the aim of giving everyone the chance to find the help they need to improve their digital skills.

Today, around nine million people in the UK cannot get online independently, even though 65% of internet-using adults believe that keeping their digital skills up to date will be important for their future. The Good Thing Foundation believes that everyone should benefit from a digital world, and so does CityFibre.

Helen Milner OBE, Group Chief Executive at the Good Things Foundation, said: “We believe everyone deserves the opportunity to safely participate in our digital world and no one should be left behind. Through Good Things Foundation’s network of community organisations and with the help of our supporters, events and activities will again take place in hundreds of communities to spread the Get Online Week message that everyone can: Get online. Get connected.”

Louize Clarke, Director at Curious Lounge and organiser of the Festival of Digital Disruption, said: “Digital Skills in the Thames Valley are paramount especially in light of our post lockdown recovery.  Partnering with companies such as CityFibre is a great way of bringing a new skill set to those who need it and don’t always have the accessibility.”

Thanks to CityFibre, the UK will benefit from an investment of £4bn as part of its Gigabit City programme which will bring new and better digital infrastructure within reach of up to eight million homes and businesses nationwide.

Across the UK, CityFibre is working with a number of Internet Services Providers (ISPs) including launch partner Vodafone to supply full fibre services for customers on selected Vodafone Pro Broadband plans, as well as TalkTalk and Zen, with other providers expected to join the network soon.

Residents interested in giving their home broadband a boost can find out more about the build, pre-register their interest and find out when new ISPs join at cityfibre.com/residential

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