Do you want to learn how to use a computer, get online or improve your IT skills?
So much of life now revolves around computers and the internet, it can be a real disadvantage if you are not ‘online’. Looking from the outside, it can all appear very complicated and daunting, but actually learning the basics of using a computer is very straightforward, whether it is accessing the internet or sending emails.
If you therefore don’t currently use a computer, but would like to learn how do so at your own pace, or if you just want to improve your IT skills, there are people and organisations out there who can help. Here are several contacts for you, but there will be others.
Why not give it a go!
BS3 Tech and Talk
There are three locations in BS3 for these free events: Tobacco Factory, Mezzaluna and the Rising Sun. You can bring along your own technology or borrow an iPad or laptop.
To find out more, call 0117 9231039.
Beehive Centre in Whitehall
The Beehive Centre runs a weekly internet café, where people can learn how to make the most of their own tech items, use social media, Skype etc. There are also some laptops and tablets to use if people don’t bring their own. There is a small charge.
To find out more, call 0117 9354471.
Bristol Adult Learning
These courses may be more for those who want to develop existing IT skills, and there is a charge, but if you want to find out more see the booklet in your local library, or call 0117 9038844. Adult Education courses are normally held in the Stoke Lodge Centre and St Paul’s Learning Centre.
To find out more, call 0117 9038844.
Bristol Age UK
If you already have an iPad, but would like to learn how to use it more effectively, or even from scratch, you can book onto one of Age UK’s 6 week courses, at a cost of £60.
You can contact them by phone on 0117 9297537, or book a course online: www.ageuk.org.uk/bristol/our-services/ipadcourses
Langley Centre in Lockleaze (North Bristol Advice Centre)
Free IT drop-in sessions on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, 10.30am-12.30pm.
To find out more, call 0117 9515751.
Pop into your local library, or call them, and talk to a member of staff about what they have to offer. This should include a straightforward online course which includes how to use a computer and online basics.
The central library telephone number is 0117 9037250.
Find out more about IT support and advice that is on offer around Bristol. This includes social and computer get togethers at two venues in Bedminster/Southville, and IT advice sessions in St George’s Library on Tuesday mornings. LinkAge are based in the Park Centre in Knowle,
To find out more, call 0117 3533042.
St Werburghs Community Centre
if you live in the area, try St Werburghs ‘Easy PC’ course, which are free computer lessons for beginners. There are group and 121 sessions.
To find out more, call 0117 9551351.
Able to advise you on any IT support available near you, which may be in libraries.
To find out more, call 0808 808 5252 (freephone) or 0117 9585522.