Renfrewshire Council

MEDIA RELEASE: Tomorrow's world event will help residents get online

Residents looking for some digital knowhow can drop in for free digital training and support in Johnstone.

The Browse Into The Future event - hosted by Renfrewshire Council - will take place on Thursday 6 September from 1pm to 3.30pm inside Johnstone Town Hall.

People will be able to watch and get involved in virtual reality, 3D printing, and digital fitness trackers, learn essential digital skills or relax in the digital chill out room.

Inventions from East Fulton Primary School pupils will also be displayed at the event as part of the Paisley YMCA's Inventathon earlier that day.

Lauren McChlery, Principal Teacher at the primary school, says that pupils have been leading the way in learning digital skills.

She said: "Pupils lead coding clubs in the school and help our primary two pupils to learn how to code.

"Digital is in their daily school lives. There is animation work, pupils keep electronic diaries of their school work, including pictures and audio clips, and primary seven pupils also write a weekly blog for the school.

"We have invested in digital technology and it's embedded into day-to-day teaching. Our pupils also help us run the school Twitter account and our website.

"Last term, the school received the Digital Schools award just before the summer holidays, which is a testament to both the pupils and the teachers commitment to digital-enabled learning.

"I know all the pupils will be looking forward to showcasing their inventions at the Browse Into The Future event."

Older adults involved in the Council's Golden Surfers project will also be there to help others learn digital skills.

The project runs in more than a dozen sheltered and amenity housing centres in Renfrewshire by digital tutors and also helps tenants in the wider community to learn digital skills to access vital online services, engage with the wider community and increase contact with family and friends.

Council Leader Iain Nicolson said: "Being confident about going online is a vital skill. It can help everyone enjoy a greater degree of independent living and well-being.

"I'd encourage everyone to come along to this great event and find out what the future might look like while also learning some digital skills."

To register your place, search 'browse into the future' on