Bim Afolami MP Visits Computer Friendly in Harpenden

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Last week I attended a Computer Friendly function at the Skew Bridge pub, and thanked all the 45 unpaid volunteers for what they do.

Computer Friendly is a local “not-for-profit” charity helping adults in St Albans and surrounding areas to feel included and less isolated by being more skilled on digital devices. Since 2002, friendly trainers and a helpful backup team have been delivering very low cost training (from just £10) firstly on computers and in more recent years also on how to get the best out of your iPad, Tablet or Smartphone.

There are FREE weekly Drop-In Centres in the Skew Bridge pub, Fleetville Community Centre and Marshalswick Free Baptist Church for people with immediate device problems who need quick solutions or just want information and advice.

They deliver 60 courses a year for starters and intermediates on using Tablets, Smartphones as well as specialist internet-based leisure courses on managing your photos, buying and selling on ebay, researching your family tree or saving money on comparison websites. They also train on basic and advanced Windows Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

It’s assumed that people in their 30s know about this stuff, but they didn’t quite grow up with it and therefore it’s relevant to most of the adult population of Hitchin and Harpenden.

Ian Gotts, Computer Friendly Marketing Manager, is cutting back his hours after many years of great service, so John Talbot, Chairman of the Trustees, and I thanked him for all his hard work and commitment to the local charity. Ian is handing over the Marketing Manager role to Tony Bourke, however Ian will continue to play a valuable role as a Trustee and Trainer with Computer Friendly.

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