ComputerPals aims to provide computer skills, specific to your individual needs and requirements. Run solely by volunteers, their aim is to give you a pleasant, happy and fun experience within a social environment. We will show you how to stay safe online, keep your computer safe, send an email, type a letter, create a database or a greeting card and get those photos from your camera to your computer. Whilst we will not recommend or endorse a product we will tell you of our experiences. You are welcome to bring your computer, at your own risk, or we can provide one. An important part of our sessions is the tea break. We give and receive information about computer safety or about social events and generally get to know each other.
The small print: ComputerPals is run by volunteers who provide their own knowledge and experience free of charge. Whilst we endeavour to give the best advice possible there is no guarantee on the information given. Our handout sheets attempt to provide the easiest method to achieve the goal for the target audience, it should be noted that changes in computer type, manufacturer and software versions may invalidate some of the examples provided. E&OE. ©ComputerPals 2021
Signing in: PLEASE SIGN IN WHEN YOU ENTER THE ROOM. This is important for fire safety.
Fire Safety: WHEN THE ALARM SOUNDS LEAVE THE BUILDING IMMEDIATELY AND GO TO THE ASSEMBLY POINT. DO NOT COLLECT YOUR PROPERTY. (Fire alarm is tested every Tuesday 9.30am) A volunteer must pick up the register
Health and Safety : All volunteer/clients are responsible for health and safety. PLEASE PUT BAGS UNDER THE TABLE. DO NOT PUT COATS ON THE BACK OF CHAIRS IN ORDER NOT TO CREATE A TRIP HAZARD. Do not put your drinks on the computer desks, yours and our computers are not Insured. Please report anything you feel is unsafe.
Fees: Your £6.00 fee per week, paid 4 weeks in advance, is to pay for the room rent and other expenses. These fees are collected at tea break. All clients who sign up with us are agreeing to take their place each week until they leave. Therefore, we must ask you to pay for unattended weeks that are NOT related to health or bereavement.
Tea and Biscuits : Made by volunteers at 11.00 and 2.00pm. Please take a turn to bring in biscuits. Grahame loves them). (Geoff likes dark chocolate, Grahame will eat anything!)
Session Times : MORNING: 10.15am -
We ask that all clients enter the room no earlier than five minutes before sessions start and please leave on time. This enables Volunteers to set up, to have 45 minutes working lunch break in which we also discuss plans. Likewise, at 3.30pm we need to put things away
Attendance: If you want to let us know you are unable to attend please telephone and leave a message on the above number or send an email. Please be aware emails may not be read each day.
Projector: We hope to do short presentations, covering for example, Memory sticks, moving Photos/Files, Security, updates, window 10, shopping online and your suggestions.
Progress Sheets: Please will you complete these weekly, outlining what you have achieved and what you would like to achieve. These show us how you are progressing, and assist us with the help you may need.
Printer: This printer belongs to Computer Pals and scans and copies for anyone to use. This needs to be installed on your computer.
Lost Property: It would be helpful if you all mark with your name, on your power packs, cables, note books and memory sticks. Any items of importance such as a purse or power pack that you have left behind will be left, where possible, somewhere safe for you to collect. Anything else, such as a hat or sweater, will be locked in our cupboard.
Did we get it wrong: Whilst most of you will be very happy with what we do for you, we do want to know if we get it wrong. We very much want you to have a pleasant time with us. Please speak to a volunteer.