Rochdale Digital Festival

Rochdale Digital Festival

Festival will help you get to grips with technology

Rochdale Digital Festival
Festival will help you – HANDS ON HELP

The borough stages its first digital festival next month, aiming to de-mystify technology and show just how useful and easy it can be.  Rochdale Digital Festival will be staged on Saturday 28 February at Number One Riverside in the town centre.

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 page you’ll be able to find out how.  There’ll also be staff showing you how to do your banking online, use social networks including Twitter, search for jobs and much more.

Event manager Paul Critchlow said it will be an exciting day of hands-on help and advice, with lots to see and do for all ages:

“There’ll be friendly faces on hand to show you step-by-step just how easy it is, as well as tablets, phones and computers for you to use.  You’re also welcome to bring along your own iPad or other tablet if you’d like some help with it. It’s going to be a fun and relaxed day and you can have as much time as you need.”

The festival will include exhibitions and workshops to help you, and BBC Radio Manchester will be broadcasting live from the event.

Having problems with your laptop, iPad, phone or tablet? Students from Hopwood Hall College will be able to help. You’ll be able to visit them at the festivals appropriately named ‘FixIt Bar’.

A host of local businesses including Marks & Spencer, Asda, Rochdale Online and Barclays Digital Eagles will be there alongside the council, 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 – with a health MOT 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!

Councillor Neil Emmott, Cabinet Member for Corporate Services and Neighbourhoods at Rochdale Borough Council said getting to grips with using more digital technology has never been more important:

“This festival will provide a real hands-on interactive experience, helping you to understand in a no-nonsense way what it all means and how it can help you.   It’s well worth a couple of hours of your time.  The festival will explain digital alternatives such as online banking, shopping and other useful services. Many residents have computers, iPads and smart phones but just need a little help and advice to start to do many of the things online they would previously have had to do in person or over the phone, saving time and money in the process.”

If you already use the internet you can find out more about the festival by clicking  Otherwise just come along to Rochdale Digital Festival at Number One Riverside, on Saturday 28 February from 11am to 3pm.


HANDS ON HELP: Rochdale Digital Festival will show how your life can be improved with technology.

FESTIVAL: Number One Riverside in Rochdale town centre will stage the event for the first time on 28 February.

NEW: Rochdale Digital Festival.

SAVING YOU TIME AND MONEY: Councillor Neil Emmott, Cabinet Member for Corporate Services and Neighbourhoods.

Notes to Editors


Why is using digital technology important?

Education and Life Chances

Home access to a computer and the internet can improve children’s educational performance. If the 1.6 million children who live in families which do not use the internet got online at home, it could boost their total lifetime earnings by over £10 billion.

Employment and Skills

It is estimated that between 75%and 90% of jobs require at least some computer use. Being online also gives people more opportunities to search and apply for jobs.

Saving Money

Offline households are missing out on estimated savings of £560 per year from shopping and paying bills online.

Welfare Reforms

The benefits system is changing.  Universal Credit has replaced many current benefits, including Housing Benefit and Job Seeker’s Allowance. The Government wants 80% of applications for Universal Credit to be online by 2017.


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