Learning a new skill

The pandemic has made us more reliant on the internet than ever with physical services shifting online and video calls being one of the main ways we have stayed in contact with our loved ones. At Barking and Dagenham, we are prioritising digital learning to ensure that everyone who wants to has the skills to get online.

We have partnered with Citizens Online, a digital skills charity, to provide resources and training to all residents. Our recently launched Digital Champions programme will pair learners with volunteers to develop their digital skills and learn how to communicate online, read and send emails, create a CV, and so much more!

If you or someone you know are interested in this offer, read on for more information and contact the front desks at Dagenham Library or Barking Learning Centre to arrange a 1-2-1.

If you would like to volunteer as a Digital Champion, you can read more and sign up on our volunteering page.

Basic Computer Classes

If you are new to using a computer or want some support, please drop-in to the free computer classes as shown below. For more information, please find contact details on our library pages.  Residents can bring in their own devices or use the library computers.

Barking Learning Centre

  • every Monday and Friday from 10am to 12pm
  • every Sunday from 12pm to 1pm

Dagenham Library

  • every second Saturday from 23 October 2021
  • every Tuesday, Get on with IT from 2pm to 4pm

Valence Library

  • every Monday from 12.30pm to 1.30pm for residents aged 60 years or over