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Google Digital Garage Bus helps drive vision for Lymm 

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BUSINESSES, parents and residents are invited to board the Google Digital Garage Bus at Lymm Library, as part of a ‘vision for the future’ event.

The Colony Networking Group in collaboration with library operators LiveWire Warrington and the Friends of Lymm Library are excited to be partnering with The Google Digital Garage to offer a free 1 day drop-in event for anyone to learn how to harness the power of the internet to grow their career, business or confidence, learn more about online tools, or develop new vocational skills.

The Google Digital Garage recently opened its doors in Manchester and the bus is an additional service that is touring the UK for which Lymm has been lucky enough to secure a bus stop date.

The Google Digital Garage Bus will be parked in front of Lymm Library from 9am-5pm on Wednesday 28 February.

Anyone can drop in to ask the Google team for free digital advice and skills coaching or sign up to one of four specific 1 hour workshops which will take place on the top deck of the bus. Workshop topics for the Lymm event include: getting online, staying safe, skills for work, and digital marketing for business growth.

Meanwhile, inside the library, local people are invited to drop in for a free cuppa, cake and chat. You’ll be able to hear more about the vision for further community and business support in Lymm. There will also be some relaxation activities plus some casual business networking and a business book exchange for anyone who might like to take half an hour out of their busy day.

The event has been planned to coincide with several awareness days that week, including World Book Day, which runs at the Library the following day, as well as Time for a Cuppa Day and University Mental Health Day.

The day aims to strike the perfect balance between embracing change and the digital technologies Google can advise on and encouraging time out of the day to focus on personal wellbeing and have a chat with friends over a cuppa.

As the day also leads into a month that sees several cancer awareness campaigns, any donations made for tea and cake will be given to Colony’s annual charity of the year, St. Rocco’s Hospice, Warrington who care for local people with life-limiting illnesses, including various forms of cancer.

Organiser and local business woman, Kirsty James said “I had already planned to celebrate my birthday on ‘Time for a Cuppa Day’ by hosting a drop-in tea, cake and chat event with Room Forty Vintage Teas so that the business vision for Lymm could be discussed. The unexpected opportunity to secure a Google Bus stop has added the perfect complement to a day that can serve both the resident and business community”.

Chair of Lymm Parish Council, John Bamforth, also commented “Lymm residents and the business community are always pro-actively seeking solutions to protect the village but also modernise and encourage its appeal to a wider audience. The visit by the Google Bus is hugely exciting for Lymm and surrounding areas and we hope that local people will visit to take advantage of this FREE event”.

A programme of activities is planned throughout the day. Whilst the Google Digital Garage Bus will run on a drop-in basis all day, bookings are advised for any of the specific Google 1 hour workshops. To obtain more details about the day and any specific activities and pre-bookable workshops, please visit https://colonylymmgooglebus.eventbrite.co.uk

In addition to the Digital Garage bus, Google has a high street digital skills training hub at 43 King St, Manchester, which offers free training and 1:1 coaching for anyone, 7 days a week. Details about all the topics and events offered by the Google Digital Garage can be found at https://events.withgoogle.com/digital-garage-manchester/#content

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