Tips, advice and ideas for taking your activities and interests online.

What is an online community?

Online communities are web ‘forums’ or meeting places for people interested in the same topic or sharing the same experiences.

Internet dating: how to find love online

So many people have found each other online. Why not give it a try?

How to find family history online

Trace your roots and find current and ancient relatives.

Best … family history websites

A carefully chosen list of the great genealogy sites.

Best … gardening websites

Get great gardening tips and meet other gardeners online.

Best … recipe websites

Plan your meals with these great recipe websites.

Best … review websites

No need to take a punt on your next purchase. Product review websites carry reviews by real people and, in some cases, independent experts, as well…

How to order a vegetable box

You can order a box of locally-sourced vegetables from the comfort of your living room.

Best ... recipe apps

A wide selection of our favourite recipe apps for various smartphones.

How to enter competitions online

Find out how to enter prize draws plus tips for success.

How to find weather forecasts online

Check for sun, snow or showers from the comfort of your home.

How to play the lottery online

Many people now find that playing the National Lottery (Lotto) online is much easier than travelling to a shop to write out a ticket. Find out how to…

How to make councillor surgeries more digitally connected

For me, technology has enhanced my work and provoked a channel shift in the way residents choose to contact me.

How to run a virtual surgery

Besides speaking to me whilst out in the community on a daily basis or at meetings, my residents largely contact me via email, social media and

How to use StreetLink to help get homeless people off the street

StreetLink enables members of the public to alert local authorities and street outreach services in England and Wales about people they have seen s