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Using a computer

Computers can help you to stay independent. You can use a computer to order your shopping online, stay in touch with family and friends or find out information.

If you need help using a computer you could attend a local course - please visit the Learning page to find out more.

Ability Net

Ability Net is a charity that provides free help with computers, tablets and smartphones to older people and disabled people of all ages.  You can arrange a home visit with one of their carefully selected and vetted 'ITCanHelp' volunteers. They can visit you in the comfort of your own home and help you get the most out of your technology, for example showing you how to order your groceries online.  Call their free helpline on 0800 269 545 or visit to find out more.

Age UK Blackburn with Darwen

Age UK Blackburn with Darwen run IT courses and give tuition on how to use a mobile phone or tablet.  They also offer an outreach digital programme which includes the loan for up to 6 months of a laptop for housebound older people and 1-to-1 IT tuition.   For further information visit the Age UK BwD website

People of all ages use computers and help is available to learn how to use them

Using a computer