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Find out more about using computers and getting online

Get online - meet new people

Meetup is a free website that can help you make friends and form small social groups with people who share your interests. You enter in the hobbies that interest you and the website then searches for people who live nearby and share your hobbies. You can decide whether to get in contact and make friends with them, and maybe go together to events taking place locally.

Get online - learn how to use a computer

If you need help getting online, we can help you to learn how to use computers.

Digital Champions help and support people in their local community to use the internet and gain basic online skills.

Find a Digital Champion

Call the Digital Hotline 01305 221000

A team member will take details of the help you need and then direct your call to the best advisor available. The team can offer digital support for a wide range of issues, no problem is too small.

Support includes:

  • providing help to get online for home shopping
  • support for all digital NHS services 
  • setting up Skype, Facetime, Zoom, WhatsApp etc. to keep in contact with friends and family
  • cyber security advice

Free online courses

If you would prefer to get help online, Learn My Way offers free courses on using a computer, browsing the web, sending an email and finding work online. 

Useful contacts

Friends of the Elderly charity provides small grants to older people living in England and Wales who are living on low incomes. They have three grant schemes; digital connection, home essentials, and financial support. For more information see their website or telephone 0330 332 1110 or email