Computer classes and Information Technology (IT) support
Using a computer can open up a whole range of opportunities to you, especially if you are using the Internet and email.
Computer classes and support available in Newcastle
There are a range of computer classes and courses available in Newcastle. There are classes for people with little or no experience and for those who are familiar with computer.
Elders Council of Newcastle work in partnership with Northumbria Students Union to offer drop in IT classes. You can bring along your own equipment such as laptops, iPads or digital cameras to learn more about how to use your device or practice on one of their computers. They can help you to develop your skills and confidence in using computers and the internet. Weekly sessions run during term time, September to April. Contact the Elders Council.
Get online Newcastle They offer four styles of course from basics to City and Guilds qualifications.
Search run computer classes and a computer club for people aged 50 and over. Everyone is welcome, including complete beginners. The sessions are tailored to meet your interests. You just need to tell the tutor what you want to learn.
Lifelong learning article on Information Now has more information on courses available in Newcastle.
Computer support at home
We are Digital provide computer and internet training in the home.
Ability Net is a national network of volunteers who provide free computer support to disabled people. They can visit you in your own home, or in another location such as a care home or a day centre. The volunteers can solve hardware and software problems, such as installing new equipment, as well as helping you to gain confidence in using a computer. This could be by getting connected to the Internet and using email, or getting you started with standard packages such as word processing.
Learn My Way offer useful short online courses which you can work through online. You can learn the basics of computers and the internet and then you can start learn a little bit more. Whether you want to chat to family and friends on Facebook, share digital photographs, learn how to shop online, find out how to use online banking, or look for a job they have a short course to help you do it.
GCF LearnFree.org offers125 free online tutorials. This includes e mail, internet, microsoft office, maths, reading, career planning and digital skills
Digital Unite has a huge range of free learning guides to help people with using computers, the internet, tablets and other mobile devices. The easy-to-follow guides cover the essential topics from getting started with a mouse and keyboard to web browsing, emailing, shopping online and internet safety.
Using the Internet
Further information and support on using the internet can be found on Information Now;
- Internet and broadband – find out about your consumer rights in relation to the Internet and broadband
- What You Can Do Online – feel inspired by what you can do online
- Staying Safe Online – top tips on protecting yourself when using the internet
- Keeping in Touch Online – discover ways to communicate online
Other Useful Organisations and Information
- For information about workmen for the house and garden read Finding reliable tradespeople
- Making the most of the internet – Age UK’s guide
- Recite me reads information in languages and audio files, as well as text sizing. Read our article on tailoring the site to your needs using this new technology.
- BrowseAloud reads web pages aloud for people who find it difficult to read online.
Last updated: January 21, 2021