Gannow Go Digital

Free 'drop-in' computer sessions

Nowadays we are surrounded by technology and so much is done online using the internet. There are many ways to access the internet – via desktop personal computers, laptops, tablets, smartphones and other smart devices, but not everyone has access to the internet at home and many lack the skills required, especially older people.

Some might find it a little confusing and even intimidating, but there are many advantages to using the internet for everyone; from hobbies and interests to everyday things like shopping and banking, and it’s never too late to learn new skills.

Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale Council for Voluntary Service, with the invaluable support of local volunteers, run free ‘drop in’ computer sessions at Gannow Community Centre on Adamson Street, Burnley every Friday afternoon from 1pm until 3pm. Anyone over the age of 18 is welcome to come on round to the centre to use a laptop and learn more. There’s no charge and no need to make an appointment.

Gannow Go Digital can help you learn how to get the most out of digital technology and start enjoying the benefits and advantages that technology can bring.

There’s money to be saved if you shop online. Discover online shopping and learn how to use websites like eBay and Amazon, do your grocery shopping online and have it delivered direct to your front door, and shop at your favourite store that’s no longer in the town centre. Start saving your hard-earned money now.

Many utility suppliers typically offer a discount for paperless billing. This is only possible if you use the internet. Discover how to use comparison websites to reduce your monthly bills at home.

Accessing GP appointments and reordering prescriptions has become a challenge for many people of late. Most GP surgeries now have online booking systems that make it easier to manage your health needs.

Online banking puts your finances in your fingertips at any time of the day - no more squeezing a bank visit into your busy day. You can transfer money between accounts, set up standing orders and direct debits, pay your contacts, check you balances and much more.

The internet, email, and social media in particular, have revolutionised communications and staying in touch with family and friends. Find and reconnect with old friends. Join like-minded groups and meet new friends. Learn how to stay in contact with family all over the world and share photos, videos, stories and experiences.

Applying for benefits, housing and social funds are now all online. The best place to find jobs is online. Learn how to access and use government and council website to find up-to-date, accurate information. Discover the power of search engines to find the information you’re looking for. The world is literally at your fingertips.

Alongside help and support with online activities the Gannow Go Digital volunteers can help with Microsoft Office programs including word processors, spreadsheets and more. So if you want to learn how to write a letter, or create a spreadsheet with formulas to auto-calculate sums this free service can help with that too.

Gannow Go Digital is for people who have never even used a computer or digital device before, those with low levels of computer knowledge, as well as those who are experienced in many areas of computing, but lack a particular skill or knowledge. If you’ve just bought a new device and are struggling to set it up, bring it with you and we will help you get going.

Gannow Go Digital is a safe, secure environment where you’re treated with respect regardless of your ability. The laptops used in the sessions are on a secure network and your personal data is protected at all times.

Drop-in to Gannow Community Centre on Friday afternoons to discover the online world and feel the benefits of the advantages the internet can bring.