Wealden District Council

Digital Skills - GO ON Wealden campaign

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Having access to the internet and being able to use a computer are becoming essential for everyday life. There are so many benefits of being able to use computers and the internet such as communicating with friends for free, shopping online, researching your favourite hobby or finding the cheapest deals - did you know the average household can save nearly £600 a year by being online?

The Council is concerned that not everyone in Wealden is able to get online. They may lack skills, confidence, knowledge, can't afford the cost of computers or training or doesn't see the benefit. Wealden, like other authorities is doing all that we can with others to tackle these issues. We aim to get as many people online as possible by 2020.

I.T For You - Basic IT sessions

East Sussex Libraries presents I.T For You, where you can learn how to use email, construct a CV, search and apply for work online and access online services and support.

I.T For You volunteers offer 1 to 1 and group training sessions at:

Hailsham Library - Monday 12.30pm

Crowborough Library - Tuesday 10.30am

Heathfield Library - Tuesday 2.30pm

Newhaven Library - Tuesday 12pm

Lewes Library - Thursday 10.30am

Uckfield Library - Thursday 10.30am

Eastbourne Library - Friday 10.30am

To book, phone 01323 463 759 or drop in to a participating library during the I.T For You session.

Coffee, Cakes, Computers & A Whole Lot More

Wealden are running a series of FREE drop-in events around the District for anyone interested in developing their computer skills or wanting help to get online.

Details about 2018 events coming soon.

Experts will be on hand to offer advice and tips or discuss computers over a hot drink and a slice of cake. Everyone is welcome no matter what your level of ability! If you've got a laptop or tablet that you'd like to bring along, please do. But if you've not then don't worry there will be some tablets available to use on the day.

Wi-Fi access and Training

There are lots of places across Wealden and nearby that provide free internet access. Lots of pubs, cafes and supermarkets have wifi access, although some will ask you to pay for a beverage. Just check the terms and conditions before you connect.  To locate your nearest venue download or view a copy of the Digital Skills leaflet (pdf)

For further information email digitalskills@wealden.gov.uk

We also regularly run IT courses to help people get online and/or improve their computer skills. These courses are run at various locations in Wealden and Eastbourne and are free to all Wealden and Eastbourne residents aged 19 or over. Find out about our Street Learning programme.

Unleash your digital talents

Digital Unite offer a huge range of guides and support (external link) for boosting your computer skills and improving digital confidence.

Low cost computers

The cost of computers and tablets is still a barrier for some residents. Here are some places that offer help:

The Arthur Rank Centre (external link)

If you live or work in a rural area The Arthur Rank Centre can supply a fully functioning computer for as little as £130. Internet ready laptops and desktops come with pre-installed Microsoft software. Order and pay by phone or by post with free delivery. Individuals, schools, businesses, community groups... all qualify! 

Get online at home (external link)

Get online at home Charities and individuals on certain benefits can get a no-nonsense refurbished computer.