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Learn IT Skills in Brighton & Hove.

Find IT classes and places to get online. Learn how to use a computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone or improve your IT skills like searching, email, social media, form-filling, finding jobs, shopping and paying bills. Many classes FREE!

Grants for computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones and internet connection

Older people, people in poverty and people with a mental +/or physical disability – The Act Foundation gives grants of up to £2500 to help people in need. IT equipment and software can be funded. Call 01753 753900.

Older people – Friends of the Elderly grant criteria include Digital Connection grants to help older people get online and stay connected. They can be used towards the cost of equipment such as tablets and smartphones as well as broadband costs.

Disabled people – RNIB offer means-tested grants to registered blind or partially sighted people for useful technology that can help them live independently e.g. mobile phones or accessibility software.

Turn2us is a site where you can search for charitable trusts that might give a grant towards equipment or internet costs. East Sussex Credit Union is an option for savings / loans for equipment.

Equipment for individuals and community groups

Get Online at Home is one of the organisations that sell refurbished laptops and PCs to people on benefits. It also serves charities, as does Computers for Charities.

The Resource Centre has equipment like laptops, data projectors, video recorders and digital cameras available to hire to community groups for events. It also has computers, useful software like Photoshop and InDesign, a scanner and print room.

Accessibility for disabled people

Accessibility guidance: www.abilitynet.org.uk ; RNIB Online Today or Ask Alex on Free Phone 0800 269 545.

For Microsoft products, call their helpdesk on 0800 026 0584 (9 am – 9 pm weekdays; 10 am – 6 pm weekends).

IT support for disabled people

FREE computer support at home for disabled people and older people living with frailty is offered by:

The Aidis Trust supports disabled people with technology advice. Helpline: 0808 800 0009

Leonard Cheshire Discover IT @ Home scheme periodically has refurbished PCs and laptops to donate to disabled people aged 18+. Contact 020 7112 1489 or email innovation@leonardcheshire.org

Online learning for computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones

Everyone: FREE online learning packages  include Alison (e.g. a touch typing tutorial); Barclays Digital Driving Licence; Learn my Way; FutureLearnGCF Learn Free (for social media and other topics such as Microsoft Word); Google’s Digital Garage; #techmums  and BT.

Small businesses: Visit Britain‘s Online Marketing Toolkit – covers bookings, advertising, social media, building your website and maximising SEO. Great Business‘s “Do More Online” has step-by-step advice including how to start an online shop. For women,  She Means Business has resources provided by Facebook. For Office products like Word, Excel and Outlook, try Microsoft Help & Training.

Charities: The Charity Digital Toolkit includes a chapter on digital fundraising.

Careers: National Careers Service – lots of useful online tools

Cyber Safety

Internet Safety advice is at Cyber Aware , Get Safe Online and the UK Safer Internet Centre.

Gov.uk has advice on choosing a secure mobile here. Safer Jobs provides advice on online recruitment scams.


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