Outwood Computer Club

7:30 pm to 9:30 pm, Wednesday Evenings, in Outwood Memorial Hall
Victoria Street, Outwood, Wakefield WF1 2NE

We suggest that you use the Learn My Way, (new window), modules for initial computer exercises
[or as refresher courses]        'Tutor Info' , (new window).

'Learn My Way' modules replace previous 'My Guide' and 'GoON' modules...
New for 2014 are 'using touch screen devices',  'creating documents' and more .......

New Information - aimed at Senior Starters - but useful to All  (via James Smith)

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There is now a great new Online basics module available on Go ON - Using online public services. This module is fundable as part of the Online basics grants and you can try it out here.

Outwood Computer Club registered as a Partner UK online centre ......
Centre ID Number 3453469

UK online centres - Partner news

21 December 2011


Helen Milner

With 2011 drawing to a close, it’s a great time to look back over what we’ve achieved during the year. It was fantastic to end 2011 on such a high when, on 1 December, Online Centres Foundation took over the management of UK online centres. The whole team worked really hard on the bid, and I’m thrilled that we’ve been recognised as being the best people to manage the service. We’ll continue working hard to meet our target to get one million new people online by March 2013.

The year also saw many other new developments. In April, we launched our brand new Go ON website, which was developed in-house by the UK online centres team. The website includes all of the best bits of myguide, which finally closed in September, as well as lots of resources from other partners including the BBC and Digital Unite. We’re all very proud of the site, and delighted we’ve been able to work closely with the network to ensure the website really works for your learners.

This summer we celebrated reaching the milestone of getting half a million people online since April 2010. This was a huge achievement, and in September I was lucky enough to take part in the celebrations by taking a group of learners and tutors to the Google offices in London to mark the occasion.

Finally, I couldn’t talk about 2011 with mentioning our fantastic Community Capacity Builders. This group of around 60 projects throughout the country are having huge impacts in recruiting volunteers, building long-term partnerships and getting whole communities online. I look forward to sharing more with you about this CCB project in the New Year.

All this, and I haven’t even started to mention Get online week and all the fantastic campaigns we’ve run this year that got hundreds of thousands of people taking their first steps online in 2011.

None of this would be possible without all of you, so thank you for all your hard work this year. I’ve been constantly inspired by the work being done in centres throughout the country, and I look forward to us continuing to work closely with you in 2012. Have a fantastic Christmas break, and all the best for 2012.

Best wishes

Helen Milner
Managing Director
UK online centres

New Year, new online you!

You might be winding down for Christmas, but before you go why not take time to sign up for the New Year, new online! campaign. It runs from 23 January until the 17 February 2012, and aims to inspire and encourage people to access some of the great services available online.

The campaign will focus on three great services - finding work, discovering more about pensions and benefits and learning more about your health. If you’d like to take part, all you need to do is register and run sessions, activities and events focused on jobs, pensions and health (as well as other things) during the campaign period. Marketing packs will be available free of charge for the first 1,500 venues to register - and the first lot will be sent out during the first week in January so do sign up soon!

The packs will include posters, leaflets, badges, invitations and lots more to help you reach people in your local area and help them to get online. We’ve also got an online toolkit which includes some handy ‘How to guides’ to highlight the best online resources for jobs, pensions and health. Take a look at our toolkit and sign up here.

Refreshed website

You may have noticed that last week, we launched a refreshed version of the UK online centres website - and we’ve already had lots of great feedback from centres!

The website contains all of the services and resources you know and love - such as registering and claiming for the Online basics grant, applying for a training grant, checking your MI and change your centre details within the Centre partners section.

We do hope you find the new website easy to use, and we’d love to hear your feedback so do get in touch by emailing help@ukonlinecentres.com.

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Give an hour for Christmas

Race Online 2012 are running a campaign this Christmas encouraging people to "Give an hour" to their offline friends and family during the festive season, and there are lots of great resources available on the Digital Champions website for those wanting to help someone to get online for the first time. Some of these Digital Champions may be encouraging friends and family to visit a local centre just like yours, so you may get some new visitors in 2012 looking to make getting online their New Year’s resolution. There may also be some media coverage promoting our 0800 number in the coming weeks, so be prepared for some extra enquiries!

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Partner Survey

We value your feedback enormously, so please do take 10 mins to tell us what you think about being a UK online centres partner. The responses you give will help make sure that we can give the best possible support to you, your staff, your centre and your community.

The results of the survey are also used to support our work influencing and lobbying, and to keep government and strategic partners aware of the vital work all UK online centres do in changing lives and communities through technology.

The survey shouldn’t take longer than 10 minutes so please do take the time to fill it out. All your responses are treated in strict confidence.

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Online basics grants

Due to the success of the Online basics grant and delivery in 2011, we are taking steps to maximise the funding and ensure it remains available for as many communities to take advantage of as possible.

This means that from January, there will be an upper limit on the amount that can be claimed of 3,500 per month. This will affect your claims for Online basics completions in January, February and March 2012. We want to encourage you to continue supporting the learners in your centre to use the Online basics course.

If we think this will affect your centre directly, we will be in touch in the coming days.

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Merry Christmas!

And finally, from everyone here at UK online centres we hope you have a very merry Christmas and a peaceful New Year. 2011 has been an incredible year for us, and we couldn’t have helped so many people get online without your enthusiasm and commitment. We’re already looking forward to 2012 and all that it will bring.

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