We don’t have our own computer help group, because your need for help will probably be intermittent – when you’ve got a new device, when you come across a problem. But have no fear; there is help, and it’s free – a group of volunteers called Coffee and Computers. It aims to help computer beginners gain basic IT skills, in order to take advantage of the life-enhancing opportunities afforded by today’s internet opportunities. For further information, you can contact Eric Wilton by emailing email@example.com, or just turn up at one of their regular sessions, usually on the first and third Wednesdays of the month from 10.30am to 12 noon. First Wednesday at Cape Adventure, (85 Crouch Hill N8 9EG), Third Wednesday at Hornsey Library (Haringey Park N8 9JA).
Sessions are run on a sociable basis and begin with a group get-together, with attendees raising general topics and identifying their specific skills requirements. The group then breaks up into one-to-one small groups to work, with a volunteer, on such matters as: • sending and receiving emails • handling images • social media (Facebook, Twitter) • using a smartphone • getting & using apps • virus protection.
There is no curriculum, as attendees set their own goals and ambitions. Attendees, who have attained the level of basic skills that they have set for themselves, are encouraged to remain with the group as volunteers.
Attendees need to bring along their own IT equipment – smartphone, tablet or laptop – that they wish to learn on.
PLEASE NOTE. This is not a U3A group, and so it is not covered by U3A insurance.