Success! Croydon’s digital inclusion workshops are inspiring new tech users

Tina-Louise from Red Door has an update on the free computer courses for older people run by Red Door and Croydon Council - including new dates announced!

The first sessions of our Digital Inclusion Workshops have taken place across Croydon and the feedback so far has been really positive. We’ve been teaching residents to find information and guiding them on how to stay safe online, so they have the confidence to use the internet securely and effectively.

As part of our workshops, we’ve been helping residents to set up a free email account, teaching them how to access and operate it, and showing them the opportunities available with this useful tool.

My favourite story to share so far: we had a 91-year-old lady come along to our workshop and we taught her how to send an email to her son for the very first time. She was so enthusiastic she then followed it up with an email to her next-door neighbour too – incredible!

Seeing our attendees delight at learning these new skills is amazing. We’ve reassured them that the internet doesn’t need to be scary. It’s a real joy and a pleasure to share our knowledge with those who can use it most.

There are still a few places left on the 2019 workshops below before we break for the festive season, but don’t worry if you can’t make those. Dates are now confirmed for early next year when we’ll be circulating the libraries again. If you know anybody – friends, family or neighbours – that would benefit from these workshops please do let them know.

Our attendees are feeling so confident I’ve been asked several times when we will be running an advanced course!

Free digital inclusion workshops

Shirley Library – Tuesday 10 December
New Addington Library – Friday 13 December
Thornton Heath Library – Tuesday 17 December

New dates for 2020

Addington Library – Thursday 9 January
South Norwood Library – Wednesday 15 January
Purley Library – Thursday 23 January
Coulsdon Library – Thursday 30 January
Selsdon Library – Thursday 6 February
Shirley Library – Monday 10 February
Ashburton Library – Tuesday 18 February
Thornton Heath Library – Monday 24 February
Central Croydon Library – Tuesday 3 March
Bradmore Green Library – Wednesday 11 March
Sanderstead Library – Wednesday 18 March
Broad Green Library – Monday 23 March

To book a space and for more information, residents can visit or call their local library.

Places can also be booked by emailing

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