|Duration||1 1/2 hours|
|Location||Beck Community Centre|
|Coordinator||Fieke Harteveld & Jan Hunt|
What we do
Our aim is to encourage members to discover the potential of a personal computer (PC) and to use it with confidence.
We do not offer taught courses but provide one to one support for finding your way around a PC, basic word processing, spread sheets, data bases, desk top publishing, using the internet including emails, and the opportunity to experiment with digital imagery. Members work at their own pace either on their own projects or using workbook materials that we provide. We have a team of tutors who are on hand to help.
Favourite activities include: writing letters, keeping your money in order, building an address book and producing address labels, making cards or calendars, shopping, keeping in touch, and playing around with your photos.
We ask members who have their own laptop computers to bring them along to meetings, and we have a limited number of laptop computers for use by other members. Our meeting room has wireless broadband internet access.
Members range from complete beginners to experienced users wanting to learn something new or brush up their skills. It is possible to join the group at any stage of the term, and we can also sometimes offer a short notice place for one or two weeks in the absence of a regular member. We draw up a waiting list if the group becomes over-subscribed.
There is a charge of £1 per session, and we ask members to pay for each half-term session in advance to ensure we make a consistent contribution to the high cost of hiring the computer room.
The computer group had its last meeting on the 20th March 2013.
As people have other commitments in the spring and summer and cannot attend on a weekly basis, essential for those learning to use computers, we shall have a long summer recess and will start again in September.
A big thank you to all the tutors who gave their time and also to the pupils who came every week and let us know when they could not come.
As a sort of S.O.S. when you are stuck and cannot find somebody near you to help you, our tutors are offering some assistance. You can phone Fieke or Jan and we will try to help you or find a tutor to solve the problem. Be aware that we don’t have a solution for every problem.
We will restart the Computer Group after the Xmas break on the 9th January and carry on till Easter; sorry, without a half term break. Our last meeting will be the 20th March 2013.
The computer group is very popular and thanks to a number of members who came forward as new tutors, we could accommodate more pupils than last year. But we could not help everybody so we still have a waiting list. Perhaps a few pupils feel that they now know what they wanted to learn and leave, making space for members waiting to join.