Free computer help at community library

This story was published 25 August 2017

Bentham Community Library, Pioneer Projects and North Yorkshire County Council’s Adult Learning and Skills Service (ALSS) are to launch a weekly internet and digital help session on Tuesday afternoons.

keyboard and mouse

Anyone can attend and ask any computing questions, from how to get online to how to look for a job to how to research their family history. There will also be advice on how to use the internet safely and effectively, especially when shopping online or using social media, such as Facebook.

Sue Vasey, Interim Director of Pioneer Projects (Celebratory Arts) Ltd, said: “Pioneer Projects are delighted that by working in partnership we are able to support this exciting new service for the residents of Bentham and the surrounding area. We hope it is the first of many such opportunities in the new community library we host.”

Julie Jones, Development Officer with the ALSS, said: “Bentham Community Library and Pioneer Projects is an ideal venue – already a community hub and trusted safe space, there are PCs that the public can use and free wi-fi.”

Carol Mckevitt, the ALSS tutor running the sessions, said: “I’m really looking forward to the Tuesday afternoon sessions. We ran similar sessions at Ingleton Library last year and they proved to be both popular and helpful. People not only benefitted from the help we could give, but also connected with each other.”

County Councillor David Ireton, Local Member for Bentham, said: “These sessions are a further indication of the wide-ranging benefits libraries can offer to the people they serve. They also demonstrate how important it is for the County Council to work with local charities and community groups to give communities the support they need.”

The sessions are free and friendly and will run every Tuesday afternoon from 1.30pm to 4.30pm from 19 September at Bentham Community Library.

For more information, call the library on 01609 534533 or Craven Adult Learning Office on 01609 53394 or email