The technology revolution has brought with it many benefits for our society, but many older people are finding they need some help and support to get started or to keep pace with the rate of change.
How Age UK Cheshire East can help
For many years Age UK Cheshire East has been helping people develop and improve their use and understanding of computers and the internet.
Our volunteer tutors and mentors have many years of experience helping people and they understand how difficult it can be for some people to get started.
We provide short courses at our learning centres in Macclesfield. Class sizes are kept small so that we can give individual attention to everyone regardless of ability and previous experience. We also provide one to one sessions where this is more suitable. We can also provide support in peoples' homes.
We provide short courses on a variety of topics to help people get started and gain confidence in the most common computer tasks:
- Absolute Beginners
- Word Processing
- Pictures on Computers
- One to One help
- Internet and Email
- Ipads and Tablets
At our Macclesfield centre we also run 2 weekly drop in sessions where you can call in for help, advice and a chance to practice your skills. They run on Monday mornings 10am to 12 noon and Wednesday afternoons 3.30pm to 4.30pm.
How to join in
To book your place on a course or find out more about our timetable telephone 01625 612958 between 10am and 4pm weekdays or email firstname.lastname@example.org
What does it cost
We charge £10 per lesson on our short courses and 1 to 1 sessions (so a 2 lesson course would cost £20)
Drop in sessions cost £3 per session
Home visits cost £50 (the number of visits included is dependent on the issue)
Reason-based approach to using computers and the internet
Technology can enhance later life, so we don’t simply teach you how to use a computer, we look for the reason you need to use a computer and then show you what to do.
Our volunteer tutors and mentors are experienced and understand how difficult it can be to get started, but the friendly and informal way they approach their topic makes learning fun.
Just read how some of our learners got in to using computers:
'I don’t need to use the internet, but I do not want to pay over the odds for gas and electric.'
RY, Colshaw Farm, Cheshire
'I don’t want to learn to use the internet, but I do want to apply for a grant to insulate my house this winter.'
KW, Handforth, Cheshire
'I’m 70; I don’t want to learn to use the internet, but I do want to read my Australian grandchildren a bedtime story once a week.'
MB, Congleton, Cheshire
'I don’t want to learn to use a computer, but I do want to get my heavy shopping delivered so I don’t have to buy a tartan shopping trolley!'
JMcC, Warford, Cheshire
'I don’t want to learn to use the internet, but I do want to find out what benefits I’m entitled to.'
JB, Marthall, Cheshire
'I’m only 52 and can’t get a job because I can’t use a computer to even submit my C.V.'
RY, Colshaw Farm, Cheshire