Computer-shy people in Accrington are being urged to resolved to become internet savvy in the new year..

The New Era Complex community centre on Paradise Street is running free four-week beginner’s computer courses as part of a national drive to get more Britons onto the web.

The Go ON – get more out of life – online campaign takes place between January 17 and February 14, and is supported by the BBC as well as the Job Centre.

New Era Centre Manager Liz Pilkington said it was vital people took part and got themselves online.

She said: “Many people don’t realise how important it is to be able to use computers.

“They could be missing out on all sorts of things.

“About 90 per cent of jobs now require computer usage and most new jobs are advertised online and require you to fill in online applications.

“I have not seen the figures for Accrington but in areas of high deprivation, access to computers is always lower.

“These courses are about giving the people the chance to find out what they are interested in and learn new skills so they can develop them further.”

The courses are aimed at people of all ages and run at different times throughout the day and evening.

Anyone interested in the getting online course should call Emily McEvoy on 01254 300110 for more information.

Everyone is welcome to have a try.