I enjoy helping people use computers, especially beginners. I particularly want to help disabled and older people, and here are the activities through which I do this ...
My web-based computer help for beginners
I have created web pages offering computer help for beginners
. To visit my introductory computer help page, tap on the blue writing (blue clickie) in this paragraph.
There are separate pages of helpful tips on:
* accessibility: how to Train your computer
* preventing RSI or how to stay comfortable and avoid back pain
etc while using your computer
* how to be safe
.. from criminals and fraudsters as well as from viruses etc.
I teach computing for beginners at my local U3A and publish my supporting documents online
Helping people "face to face"
I run a monthly Computer Beginners' group for my local U3A
(University of the Third Age). We have about a dozen beginners registered. Everyone seems to enjoy it.
Here are the latest documents for U3A Computer Beginners
I help at the local Age Concern / Age UK
computer drop-in centre. Local older people come to the computer centre to learn how to do internet browsing and e-mail. Some are regular visitors, some come as beginners.
I work as a volunteer for AbilityNet
in a programme called IT Can Help
(punning on Information Technology Can Help). We give free computer help to disabled people in their own homes.
I have been accepted as a tutor for "You Can Do Information Technology" or UCanDoIT
, helping disabled people to learn to use their computers in their own homes. Because I believe in their subtitle: Behind a computer, everyone is equal.
In 2009 I created and ran a short computer training course for beginners, on behalf of the MS Society
Brighton Hove and Sussex. I enjoyed running the beginners' course very much and I would like to do another one.
Other web pages I've set up
When I created my first web site, I found in the end that I preferred writing in raw html code rather than letting someone else's programme decide how to code it. That encourages me to keep it simple, learn as I go and better understand what it does.
The RSCDS Brighton Branch
Scottish dance pages (since 2007) make use of the often-ignored fact that the web is a network
. I added web links to help readers find out about our venues and bands and to provide instant maps for them with one click of a mouse button. The more recent dance programmes
have links to videos you can watch to see how the dances are done.
The branch logo was created for me by Charles