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A scheme that encourages people to become more active in the online world is in the running for a national award.

Time to Get Online has been shortlisted in the digital inclusion category of The O2 Next Gen Digital Challenge Awards 2016, for its work in raising awareness of the benefits of online technology.

The programme is operated through a partnership between North Star, County Durham Housing Group, Dale & Valley Homes, Durham City Homes and East Durham City Homes.

Debbie Howe, digital inclusion project co-ordinator, is delighted with the recognition. She said: “Today’s society is moving more and more towards a digital-first environment, which can be a real challenge for people who do not have confidence in this field.

“At Time to Get Online we team up attendeed to our free courses with digital champions, who aim to show people that the internet is nothing to be afraid of and the possibilities it brings are endless.”

Winners will be announced in October. For more details go to