Community Activity Menu

What do we need to run a talk or workshop for your area?
The Get up to Speed programme is fully funded so there is no charge for us to deliver our sessions. Our aim is to engage with as many communities as possible, so we try to run sessions in locations accessible for multiple parishes. We ask for a minimum of 15 people and a public venue, such as a village hall, community centre, function room, library or school with:

  • Disabled access
  • Wi-Fi and a power supply
  • Suitable seating and tables so people can take notes or use laptops

If you think your area could benefit from a digital skills session, please contact us.

‘How to’ Sessions
2-3 hours | Practical workshops | Equipment provided

Get Connected!
Get up to Speed will be on hand to help you find the best broadband deal, gain an understanding of the jargon and introduce you to gadgets such as Apple iPads, Android tablets, laptops and smartphones. Bring your own device too and get answers to your tech questions!

Digital Villages Toolkit
Is your community making the most of technology? Take a ‘digital audit’ for your community group, committee or council, and pick up tips and tools to help improve communication and save both time and money! This session is suitable for beginners and improvers.

Which Tablet?
Not sure which tablet is best for you? In this interactive session, we will explore and compare the different functions, features and benefits of Android and Apple devices, and get a hands-on introduction to both.

The World of Apps
In this interactive session, discover the best free and paid-for apps for smartphones and tablets for organisation, communication, entertainment and productivity.

Internet for Beginners
Learn the basic skills to get online! Get advice on choosing a web browser, learn how to stay in contact with friends and family, shop and bank online- and how to stay safe!

How to get the best out of your tablet
Not just for browsing the internet and picking up emails! Learn how to capture, edit and share photos and video, keep in contact with friends and family, improve your organisation, navigate your way to new locations and much more! A limited number of iPads will be provided but please feel free to bring your own device.

Social Media
Get a hands-on introduction to the main platforms including Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram. Learn how to create an account, connect with friends and family, and share photos and video.

Keeping in Touch
Just over a decade ago, Skype transformed the way we communicate. The Voice-over-Internet-Protocol (VoIP) tool has seen mass adoption as people embrace the ability to video chat with friends and colleagues halfway across the world. Since then other providers have launched platforms, but which one is best for you? We will explore the main features and benefits of using Skype, Google Hangouts and Facetime.

Staying Safe Online
Exploring the online world is great fun and we want you to stay safe whilst exploring. That’s why protecting yourselves and your personal information and knowing what to look out for is important to understand. This session will give you an overview on hacking, phishing, trolling, email scams and cyberbullying and cover the tools and techniques to make sure you can protect yourself and all your devices when online.

Future of Tech
20 – 30 minutes | Talk | Business or Secondary School Assembly
In these inspiring talks we will explore the future of digital and technology and the impact it will have on business and careers.

“Get up to Speed held a session at Cheddon Hall for people to pop in with their devices and tech questions.  The team were on hand to offer advice and answer specific questions on choosing a broadband deal, using the internet, e-mail, mobile phones, laptops, tablets, social media and much more! The session went very well – and those of us who needed to be taken slowly through items really benefitted. So, a heartfelt thanks!” Jo Pearson, Clerk to Cheddon Fitzpaine Parish Council

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