Wealden District Council
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Digital Skills – GO ON Wealden campaign

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 don’t see the benefit. Wealden, like other authorities is doing all that we can with others to tackle these issues.

Wi-Fi access, Training and IT Support

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 booklet.

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.

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 to 2.30pm
  • Crowborough Library – Tuesday 10.30am to 12.30pm
  • Heathfield Library – Tuesday 2.30pm to 4.30pm
  • Uckfield Library – Thursday 10.30am to 12.30pm
  • Eastbourne Library – Friday 10.30am to 12.30pm

To book, phone 0345 6080196 or drop in to a participating library during the I.T For You session

Press Refresh On Your Digital Skills – FREE Digital Skills Diploma available – worth £2,600!

One of the top challenges for today’s employers is a lack of digital skills in candidates. The Digital Accelerator will bring you up to speed and help you stand out from the crowd.

This FREE courses helps fine tune existing skills or learn completely new skills – the Digital Accelerator course will equip you with essential digital and employability skills currently in demand by employers. For eligibility and to find out more visit: Free Digital Skills. Information sessions are running in July! Find out more 

Unleash your digital talents

Digital Unite offer a huge range of guides and support  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 

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 

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