Event date: 28/03/2017
News date: 01 Mar
Whatever you want to do, concerns you have or support you need, there are a wealth of organisations and charities that can help. Have a look at what's available here.
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Computers and the internet are everywhere in modern life, and being able to access them can make many things so much easier. But if you didn't grow up in the computer age, simply never got round to learning more, or struggle with technology because of a health problem, then finding out about how to use computers and the internet may feel like a daunting prospect.
If you are only reading this because someone else has helped you to get this far then don't worry. Learning to use computers and the internet is easier than you think, and there is plenty of help out there to get people of all backgrounds and ages on-line and comfortable with the internet.
And once you can use a computer, you will be able to:
Our Events calendar gives details of regular classes and other activities which can help you to get up to speed with computers and the internet.
There are various organisations and schemes which may be able to offer you help.
Your local adult education service will offer courses on using computers to people at all levels of ability, from beginners upwards:-
If you don't own your own computer you may be able to access one at your local library. And some libraries also provide training to get you started in using a computer:
The Kensington and Chelsea library service has gathered together a list of various places where you may be able to get training in using a computer.
Age UK offer information and advice on using technology and the internet.
Your local Age UK centre has a number of classes and facilities to help you learn and use computers, and may be able to lend you a computer to get you started. Contact your local centre:
Learn My Way is a website of free online courses for beginners, helping you develop digital skills to make the most of the online world.
UK Online Centres, who run the Learn My Way website, also offer free membership to any community organisation committed to getting people online.
If you can provide computer access and friendly support to help at least three learners a month, then you can become a UK online centres partner receiving the full free package of benefits, including training for staff and the chance to apply for grants and funding.
UK Online Centres have worked with social housing providers, health and social care providers, and many other organisations to help local residents to get online.
The Third Age Foundation run regular courses for people over 40, supporting them to get on line and learn new computer skills, both for personal gain and to assist them when looking for work - take a look at their leaflet.
The Barclays Bank Digital Eagles scheme supports people to develop their computer and internet skills. If you need help to set up a new social group or club online you can go along to a Tea & Teach session at a local branch of Barclays.
The sessions are free and anyone can go along, even if they don't bank with Barclays.
Open Age is a charity working across Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster who have a number of popular classes for people wanting to learn to use computers. They do a lot more as well!
UCanDoIT is a charity that teaches computer skills to people with disabilities in their own homes. It's great for people who are unable to access or fully benefit from mainstream educational services, like colleges, and good for people who have had a stroke and may take longer to learn, or those with hearing and visual impairments. Subject to availability they may be able to provide you with a computer to get you started.
Net Worx is a project set up to help older people in London learn how to use the internet.They provide free one-to-one help for older people or those who are nervous about the web. They run sessions in a relaxed and informal setting where you have the freedom to learn how to use the internet at your own speed.
Westminster Digital Champions is a new service designed to increase levels of digital inclusion in the borough so that everyone feels able and comfortable using technology to communicate, apply for work and manage their finances online.The service uses volunteers, who are trained and provided with training resources, to provide one-to-one support to digitally excluded residents.Find out more from One Westminster:-
The Migrants Resource Centre offers computer classes to migrants and refugees living in Westminster.
The IT Connect project from Action on Disability offers twice-weekly computer groups for people over the age of 18 with a disability or long term health condition - find out more.
Free computer and internet sessions are available at the Dalgarno Trust Community Centre in Kensington and Chelsea. Support is available on Mondays from 6.30 to 8.30pm and on Saturdays from 10.30am to 12.30pm. Outside of these times, a laptop is available for use, but time slots need to be booked.
New Horizons run regular beginners and advanced computer classes for people over 50 in Kensington and Chelsea.
The Octavia Digital Champions scheme offers one to one sessions to help support people in Kensington and Chelsea to use a computer and access the internet.
The BBC Webwise site offers advice on making the most of the internet.
Gransnet is the social networking site for grandparents. Its forums cover everything from politics to holidays, gardening to difficult daughters-in-law.
The My Ageing Parent website offers advice for older people on speaking with other people via your computer, which can be a great way to make new friends and explore interests and hobbies.