Beaminster café to offer digital taster sessions

Beaminster café to offer digital taster sessions

Published by The Wessex FM News Team at 7:29am 18th November 2019.

The Tangerine Café in Beaminster is offering free digital sessions.

They will be held on Monday and Tuesday afternoons for people to boost their confidence in using the internet.

You can book your first session or simply turn up at the café.

Café owner Chris Sims, a finance director in his previous career, said: 

"I can offer help to people of all abilities. There is no escaping digital so if you are nervous about joining the digital age and you have a problem my aim is to help you get the best use of digital that you can. I also gain a lot of enjoyment from sorting out more complicated issues working through solutions forensically!"

Tangerine Cafe
The Tangerine Cafe, Beaminster

Chris added:

"So many government and public services require you to have the skills to access essential services on the internet, such as NHS repeat prescriptions, booking appointments, Universal Credit, passports, UK Citizenship, or Government pensions. With the closure of bank branches, it is becoming essential to be able to use online banking safely and securely and I can help with that.

"Digital can also bring joy, for example by bringing friends and family together. Skype makes it easy to stay in touch with loved ones as if they are there beside you."

Around 21% of people are not confident using the internet - that's around 150,000 people across Dorset. And 70,000 of these have never been online. (Superfast Dorset)

Chris is one of a band of more than 75 Dorset Digital Champions who help and support people in the local community to use the internet and gain basic online skills such as:

  • Learning to use a device (laptop, smartphone, tablet etc)
  • Setting up email and contacts
  • Sharing photos and managing photo storage
  • Online safety
  • Using search engines such as Google or Bing
  • Printing
  • Updates and backing up
  • Using apps
  • Finding cheaper utilities
  • Online banking and Paypal
  • Connecting to wifi

Call 01305 221048 to book your session with Chris, or to be matched with a volunteer Digital Champion in your own area.