Scared that computers might bite if you make a mistake? Want to stay in touch with distant relatives for free using the Internet? Or do you need to sharpen up your skills for that job interview?

Computers don’t bite. And we’re going to prove it at our open day in the Orb IT suite on Friday 22nd October as part of National Get Online Week. There’s so much you can do online today: pay bills, go shopping, share photos, chat and we think it’s a shame there are still people in our local community who don’t know how to get more out of computers and the Internet.

That’s why we’re opening our doors to anyone and everyone: all ages and abilities are welcome. Do you have a relative, friend or neighbour who will benefit from our free IT classes?

What’s there to see during National Get Online Week?

You can come along any time between 9.30am and 3.30pm on Friday 22nd October to see what we’ve got on offer:

  • Dedicated modern computer room with Internet access: there’s no queueing here
  • Goverment endorsed training: through myguide you’ll get a recognised certificate in basic IT skills which you can show at job interviews
  • Experienced teachers: helpful, patient volunteers who’ve taught IT classes professionally
  • One-to-one support: our classes are the perfect size for supporting beginners, you won’t get lost in the crowd like at other large IT classes

When you visit, you can talk to our current pupils and find out how they’ve already been contacting their relatives abroad using webcams, emailing their friends and getting more out of their computers instead of letting them gather dust in a corner.

It’s what we were born to do

Our mission at Orb is to support vulnerable people in our creative and friendly environment, we’ve been doing that for over four years. And when people are isolated by technology, we see it as just another risk of them feeling vulnerable. If you feel a bit left out then we can help you, it’s what we do best.

But where are the free biscuits?

There’ll be plenty of biscuits about on our open day, don’t worry. Keep an eye out for the National Get Online Week balloons too showing the route to learn basic IT skills at Orb. You can contact us for more information, leave us a message on our Facebook page or just drop in any time between 9.30am and 3.30pm on Friday 22nd October at Orb HQ in Knaresborough.

Where is Orb HQ?

Find us at Elephant and Castle Yard, Off High Street, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire HG5 0EQ.

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This blog article was written by Chris Kenworthy: copywriter and photographer