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Digital at Barking and Dagenham

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 at Barking Learning Centre every Monday from 10am to 12pm.

Coming Soon!

Inclusive Digital Zones are being set up at the Barking Learning Centre and Dagenham Library. There will be accessible computers in each location.

Objectives:

  • To provide accessible digital technology - via Inclusive Digital Zones - for all library users at the Barking Learning Centre and Dagenham Library.
  • The Default Users Settings for each individual will remain unique to them, to make their logging-on accessible and straightforward to meet their needs.
  • To train service users who want to be volunteer digital champions and help other residents to be confident online and develop IT skills

Aims:

  • To remove the barriers to digital technology by means of location, hardware and software.
  • To support people with cognitive, sensory and physical disabilities.
  • To complete the customer journey and not isolate their tasks.
  • To outreach to those technology impoverished.

Come and use the computers for adults and for children at your local libraries. If you need support, our digital champions or staff can help you. Just speak to a staff member if you need help or call 020 8724 8725 / 020 8227 3942. To check our opening hours, please visit our libraries page.

We also have free Wi-Fi if you are using your own laptop, tablet or smart phone.

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 our guidance for more information (PDF, 250KB) 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.

Adult College Barking and Dagenham

If you would like to learn in a more structured environment with the help of a qualified tutor, gain a qualification, or learn alongside others, you might like to consider a course with the Adult College by following the link below. Most Digital Skills courses are free, and you will be supported to identify your own goals as well as achieve the course outcomes.

Contact us for more information or visit the Adult College website and the IT and digital skills page.

Coventry University

CU London, part of the Coventry University Group, is dedicated to making higher education accessible to more people through our flexible study options. You shouldn’t have to put your life or career on hold in order to study.

Whether you study at our Dagenham or Greenwich campuses, CU London is committed to providing a course that fits around you.

With a modem alternative feel to higher education where we offer our flexible, Life-shaped Learning model, where students study one module at a time and have no traditional end of year exams. This combined with smaller class sizes, lower affordable tuition fees and being in London makes a great proposition to those students who wish to build their profile in one of the fastest growing cities on the planet.

Contact us for more information on our Cyber Security and Computing Science courses.

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

    Online resources

    We have collated a list of online resources to support you online.

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    A collection of free videos and downloadable worksheets to help adult learners improve their reading, writing and numeracy skills.

    BBC Skillswise website

     

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    Get access to high quality learning wherever you are, with online courses, programmes and degrees created by leading universities, business schools and specialist organisations.

    Future Learn website

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    All Barking and Dagenham libraries are registered as UK online Centres. Learn My Way is a website of free online courses for beginners, helping people develop digital skills to make the most of the online world. Courses on managing your money online and improving health online and staying safe online are included.

    Learn My Way

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    A collection of free videos and downloadable worksheets to help adult learners improve their reading, writing and numeracy skills.

    BBC Skillswise website

     

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    You don’t need to visit the library to find quality information, books and magazines to read. The library service subscribes to a number of online services, bringing reliable information to you.

    Library online resources