Developing your Digital Skills

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For the last few months, we've been hosting some fun digital skill workshops at the Folk Hall in New Earswick. These workshops, created for JRHT residents, are designed to help you get better at using technology and introduce you to new online services. They're a team effort with York Learning and cover a wide range of topics, such as: 

  • Using QR codes 
  • Using Google Maps for directions  
  • Watching shows on services like BBC iPlayer  
  • Listening to music on Spotify     

The workshops run for three weeks at a time, with each session lasting a couple of hours and focusing on two topics. 

You can bring your own gadget, but if you don't have one, don't worry—York Learning has tablets for you to use. Everyone who's joined us so far has had a great time learning, discussing, and diving into new digital skills. 

Feedback has been extremely positive, with attendees appreciating the helpful tips, supportive instructors, and the chance to learn alongside others. Many are keen to join more sessions. 

Quotes from residents 

“There was helpful and informative advice, good assistance from the teachers and I liked coming to the session.” 

“It was a pleasure interacting with the instructors and the other participants and learning with them. I was exposed to many new skills…and would love to attend further drop ins.” 

Upcoming Digital Skill Workshops 

The next series of workshops will be in April, from 2pm to 4pm at the Folk Hall: 

12 April: Scanning QR codes & Staying safe online for beginners 

19 April: Using streaming services like BBC iPlayer & Music apps like Spotify 

26 April: Navigating with Google Maps & Using the NHS App 

There is also a two-week online safety course running where you can do a more In-depth look at staying safe online: 

16 & 23 April: Get safe online 

Space is limited, so if you're interested, sign up soon! You can reach out to our Digital Inclusion Officer, Connor Lambert, by email at or call 07890 952568. 

We want to hear from you 

We're also inviting residents to share their thoughts on future free digital skills courses in New Earswick and beyond.

York Learning will host two drop-in sessions at the New Earswick Folk Hall, where you can talk to the tutors and our Digital Inclusion Officer about what you'd like to learn. With free snacks and drinks, it's a great chance to contribute to our digital learning programs. 

  • Monday 15 April, 5:30pm - 6:30pm 
  • Saturday 20 April, 10am - 11am 

Your input will help us tailor our workshops, especially for families and those looking for work or needing new skills for a job. Join us to learn and grow digitally!