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Get Digital – learn basic online skills for free at a South Gloucestershire centre

There are so many things you can do on the internet. It could make everyday tasks a lot easier, save you time and money and allow you to do more of the things you like doing best. It can help you get in touch with people wherever they are in the world at the click of a button. You can find information on whatever you are interested in from fishing to football. Millions of people use the internet every day as it helps make their life easier, and you could join them.

See what our residents are saying about the sessions by watching the video below.

Find the help and support you need

Whether you have never touched a computer before and want to get started with the basics, or can do a little but want to know more, we are here to help you. Our friendly tutors are on hand whatever you want to learn about, from using a mouse for the first time to finding jobs online or keeping in touch with friends and family. We’ll give you a helping hand so you’re confident doing whatever you want to do online.

How much will it cost?

The courses are free.

What can I do?

You do not need to have any IT skills to attend the sessions. Friendly tutors and staff will be on hand to help you decide what you would like to learn, identify the best courses for you and assist you in achieving them.

We can cover any of the following at the sessions:

  • using email
  • using the internet safely
  • using online searches
  • make money work/looking after the pennies
  • understanding public services
  • job hunting online
  • shopping online
  • using facebook and socialising online
  • banking online
  • completing online forms
  • staying safe online
  • creating documents
  • Using a tablet
  • Basic MS Office skills

What will I get out of it?

You will gain important skills and discover how being online can really make a difference. Once you have completed courses you can print out certificates to show your achievements.

Where and when

Come along to one of the following drop in sessions or contact the organisation/venue for more details.

South Gloucestershire libraries

Trained staff and volunteers are available in libraries at the following days / times:

Appointment only


2pm – 4pm  Staple Hill Library

3pm – 4pm  Emersons Green Library


9.30am – 12.30pm  Thornbury Library

Drop in or by appointment


10am – 12pm  Thornbury Library

10am – 12pm  Hanham Library


10am – 12pm  Bradley Stoke Library

10am – 12pm  Hanham Library


9.30am  – 12.30pm  Thornbury Library


10am – 12pm  Bradley Stoke Library

10am – 12pm  Downend Library

2pm – 4pm  Emersons Green Library

Call into any South Gloucestershire Library or call 01454 868006 for more information and to book the first half-hour session. Please note these sessions are available in library buildings only.

Free beginner adult computer courses at local libraries

South Gloucestershire and Stroud College offer free courses at our libraries every term.

Skills you can learn on these courses include:

  • using the internet to search for information and shop safely online
  • use email to create and send messages and add attachments
  • create documents such as letters and posters, including different types of text and pictures
  • use ICT in daily life for booking holidays, flights, hotels and other activities
  • learn about ICT safely and security when working online
  • the chance to gain an up to date qualification in ICT and maths

Free 18 week courses start September 2018 9.30am to 12.30pm on:

  • Mondays Winterbourne Library
  • Tuesdays Downend Library
  • Wednesdays Emersons Green Library
  • Wednesdays Bradley Stoke Library

Places still available. 

If you are interested or have any questions please speak to library staff during staffed hours.

Community learning

Community learning offer a range of IT learning opportunities across many venues, including libraries.

Other organisations in South Gloucestershire which offer computer support

  • Southern Brooks Community Partnerships – Job and IT Clubs, in Kingswood (at Kingswood Library) and in Patchway (at Coniston Community Centre). Full details on the Southern Brooks Community Partnerships website.
  • FACE Filton – Silver Surfers (charge applies). Full details on the FACE Filton website.
  • Banjo Island Community and Sports Association (Cadbury Heath, BS30 8EB). Full details on the The Batch website.

Online help

If you want help online then there are a number of websites that can provide support.

Low cost computer scheme

We have teamed up with an IT provider to offer a range of low cost professionally refurbished computers to eligible residents and registered UK charities in South Gloucestershire. Both desktop and laptop computers are available under the scheme in a range of performance/price combinations. Visit our low cost computer scheme page for more information and how to apply.

Get Digital Project logos - UK online centres, Tinder foundation, South Gloucestershire Council and Southern Brooks Community Partnership

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