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Improve your skills with Computers and Smart Phones: Fortnightly sessions every other Thursday evening between 7pm and 9pm at the Old School Community Centre (to ensure a place, please tell us you are coming). Come to just one session or as many as you need; Don’t miss this opportunity! Bring your computer/phone – Bring your questions. Explore, play, discover and build your confidence with 3-4 experts/trainers on hand to help you solve your problems and answer your questions. For all levels – beginners to experienced users. Free – donations to charity. Questions or book a place – email Steve at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him on 01364-73490. (We are looking for more trainers – you don’t have to be a whiz kid! – call Steve or drop in to a session.) These sessions are a continuation of the SSB Social Media Training Project funded through a successful application to ‘Awards for All’.
These are not structured “lessons” and will not be on any particular topic. Our approach will be: try it yourself – ask for help – we give you pointers – we show you how.
There will be a maximum of 16 people, with up to four trainers on hand.
Where are the sessions held?
Do I need to book or can I just turn up?
You can just turn up. However to ensure a place we recommend that you let us know, as there are limited places. It would also help us to know numbers beforehand.
How do I book?
To book a place on any session, please send an email with your name and phone number and sessions you would like to attend to email@example.com
OR (if you do not have access to a computer) call or text 07795 257849
How much do they cost?
They are free, although we welcome any donations which will go towards putting more sessions on.
I have a question that isn’t answered here
Email us on firstname.lastname@example.org or (if you do not have access to a computer) call or text 07795 257849
Could you help others to use computers and smart phones
Is this you?
- You use computers and a smart phone
- When you’re stuck, you look things up on Google
- You’re willing to help others one evening a month
Come and be one of a team of 3 or 4. You’ll wander round the room and help people when they’re stuck – usually with an “I don’t know … let’s look that up together”. Call me to have a chat on 07795 257849, email email@example.com or come to a session and see what it’s like. “This is a fantastic service to have in the village” … help us keep it going!
I.T. skills sessions started in October 2015 after SSB raised funds through the “Big Lottery Awards for All” scheme to offer free computer training within the village. We spent £870 for 13 events, covering: the Basics, Facebook (for individuals and for businesses), the Internet & email, Skype and three Q&A drop in sessions.
We had 86 attendees (50 different people) and 176 ‘person hours’ of training delivered. These sessions are all about promoting confidence and self-sufficiency, and we focus on people finding out and trying things themselves.
Following on from this success, SSB provided another £1500 for us to run a further 7 “bring your questions” sessions.
In April 2017 a further series of fortnightly free sessions have been taking place.
We have between 2 and 4 trainers at each session. People bring their laptops and phones and start working on something. If and when they get stuck, they put a green or red flag over their name card, so that the trainers can always see who needs help in the room.
When a trainer gets to them they offer a hint or suggest an internet search and then leave them to try it out.
I have been so pleased (and occasionally surprised!) to see how often, when we come back to them, we’re met with a broad grin and a “I’ve done it!”.