The Sax IT Club is a cross between IT training and a social club.
It meets weekly at the Fromus Centre in Saxmundham.
Further details are below, and via the green navigation links above...
Who is the Sax IT Club for?
Anyone, but especially those unsure of how to use 21st century technology to greatly enhance everyday life. This will be of special interest to the over 50’s who had no formal training in computers – including absolute beginners who’ve never touched a computer, digital camera, mobile phone and the like! It’s also for those who have a basic proficiency but would like to know more. Nobody needs to feel embarrassed about their ignorance of technology. It should also help those who are unemployed, looking to change jobs or just want to start a hobby or make new friends. The Sax IT Club is open to all and aims to address the skills of the digitally excluded society.
Over 7million Britons still have never used the internet! Many more don’t have basic online skills such as searching the web or sending and receiving emails, and they’re missing out on all that computers and the internet can offer.
The Sax IT Club is supporting local people, particularly older people, to develop digital skills and confidence and go on to help them reduce feelings of isolation, enhance relationships with family living further afield, save money, enable them to find new interests and connect them with their local community.
What does “IT” cover?
For us, IT (Information Technology) involves the use of computers and telecommunications, to retrieve, store and transmit information. Over time, we will cover equipment such as personal computers, mobile phones, digital cameras, Sat Nav, e-books and applications such as games, word-processing, publishing, presentations, spread-sheets, the internet, websites, e-mail, how to make free phone calls around the world, research, online shopping, commerce and auctions, security, You Tube, Facebook, Twitter, Google Apps etc…We will remove the mystique and hype for you, get down to the basics and explore everything that’s free to use!
The world wide web and internet are particularly popular:
• Email, surfing and shopping are by far the most widespread internet activities.
• Most internet households use the internet for 'Entertainment and Leisure', for keeping in touch with other people, to help in managing their lives, for education and working from home.
• Information about entertainment and events is the most in demand for people browsing the internet. Shopping, hobbies, news, health, timetables, the weather, financial information, sports and celebrity gossip are all frequent topics of interest and, to a lesser extent, recipes, dieting and blogs.
• Retired people are most likely to use the Internet for email or information searching.
Subjects, covered by the Sax IT Club, will be revisited several times to ensure everyone is catered for - from newcomers to those who need refresher sessions. Subjects so far have included making your laptop safe from internet threats, broadband basics, Windows 7 & 8 operating systems, finding and using free software, searching the world wide web, e-mail, editing photographs and attaching them to e-mail, designing invitation, letterheads and calendars, filing and retriving documents, printing documents, online banking and shopping, buying and selling on the internet, planning holidays, finding old friends, tracing your ancestry, creating spreadsheets to manage home budgets, watching videos, free video telephony and social networking.
How does the Sax IT Club work?
We provide professional tutors and subject experts, but the style is very relaxed and informal. Members can bring their own laptops in so that they are learning on their own machines, with their own software applications. Subjects and topics are driven by members’ wishes and there will be plenty of time to mix and chat with others. There are no fixed curriculums or exams to worry about. It is laid-back learning with no pressure. Jargon is kept to an absolute minimum and fully explained in plain English. There is also plenty of opportunity to share ideas and tips. The Sax IT Club is run under the umbrella management of the PASTEL Community Interest Company - a social enterprise supporting those with additional needs. It was established in Saxmundham in 2005.
The Sax IT Club operates for those who want to attend regularly and embark on a journey of continuing learning - in a world of continuing change - as part of their improving lifestyle. The club will be kept small and friendly and members provide support to one another. The aim is to usually host around 6-10 members per meeting. Membership is constantly evolving with new members always welcome - especially absolute beginners!
What the Sax IT Club does not offer
The Sax IT Club does not operate for those seeking one-off queries, immediate trouble-shooting or one-to-one training. For that you will need to engage a one-to-one consultant who will usually charge £25-30 per hour to visit you at home. Nor do we offer a hardware or software repair service.
Where does the Sax IT Club meet?
At the Fromus Centre, Seaman Avenue, Saxmundham, IP17 1XP - where we use the hall (with PASTEL Business WiFi).
The Sax IT Club is an informal affair with plenty of space, using flexible tables and comfortable chairs, and with a coffee bar for making tea and coffee whenever you feel like one. If we ever need it, there is also an IT room (which has 11 personal computers available with cabled internet access).
When does the Sax IT Club meet?
Meetings are twice a month, on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of every month, in the evenings from 6pm to 8pm - except for the dark, cold winter evenings of the four months November - February, when the Sax IT Club closes down for the winter.
How much does it cost?
There is no upfront block commitment in time or charges. For each 2-hour meeting you attend there is a charge of £10 which contributes to overheads, which include hall hire, professional tutor and refreshments.
The Sax IT Club was originall established in 2012, and managed until 2014,
by the PASTEL Community Interest Company,
when it was them handed over to the resident tutor, Joe Cassels, to develop further as part of his own IT interests.
However, PASTEL still actively promotes the Sax IT Club.
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