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The Arc in Winchester has a digital lab which runs free computer workshops, including computer basics and more intermediate and advanced skills. You need to book to attend the workshops here. 

There is access to public computers in the Arc for free. You will need a library card to book. Refugees can register with the Arc for a library card for free just ask a member of staff to help you when you visit.

The Arc address is Jewry Street, Winchester, SO23 8SB

The Arc is open from Monday – Saturday: 9:30am – 5:00pm and Sunday: 11:00am – 5:00pm.

RCS Digital skills for everyday life (course run in Winchester)

Days of the week: Wednesday 8th, 15th, 22nd November 2023

Time: 10.30- 2.30

Level/content: The course will cover the following:  Email software, word processing, sending files, creating documents, staying safe while navigating the internet and accessing online services.

Location: Venue: The Winchester Club, Worthy Lane SO23 7AB

Cost: Free

Contact: call 01264 359223 or email: [email protected]

If you are struggling with access to IT equipment, here are some organisations that might be able to help:

  • Solidaritech provide laptops, desktops, tablets and smartphones to people seeking asylum and refugees.
  • Hope for the Young have an emergency fund to help with digital access.
  • Social Biz have a campaign for digital inclusion helping refugees.
  • Scottish Refugee Council have collected donations of laptops, get in touch to see if they are distributing them.
  • You can search for organisations in your local area that may donate laptops on the Restart website

The following organisations may be able to help you develop your IT skills:

Learn My Way – Free courses on using a computer, browsing the web, sending an email and finding work online

Contact your local group to find out if there are specialist services in your local area to help you improve your IT skills.

Code Your Future is a coding school for refugees with a six month web development programme.

Techfugees organises events around the world “in an effort to generate tech solutions for and with displaced people” and help promote projects.

There are some resources available from BlueBottleBiz which are free to the CoS network but you do need to sign up for a free account (contact [email protected] if you are unable to access these):

Microsoft Word

Microsoft Excel

Microsoft Powerpoint

Html and CSS

Code Your Future recommends the following for learning html and css:

From a computer/laptop:

  • Join Khan Academy and complete Intro to HTML/CSS: Making webpages
  • Complete the Codecademy  HTML and CSS courses

From a smartphone:

  • Join SoloLearn app and complete the modules on HTML and CSS Fundamentals.