Virtual Library Café
Neighbourhood Pioneer John East (Friends of Darwen Library) attended our ‘Turning ideas into Action’ event to ask for support. Due to the cuts the library service Darwen library is now closed every Tuesday and he wanted to explore options with us to offer the service elsewhere on a Tuesday.
We decided that our school would be a perfect place for this to happen due to our brand new resources, computers, printers and photocopying facilities.
We have been working with John have now managed to get a ‘Virtual Library café’ open at DACA in partnership with the Library and Friends of Darwen Library.
The virtual library is ran by seven volunteers we call ‘Digital Champions’ who have been trained up to support the community to get on line and use the library’s E-Learning package which includes…
· Mouse and keyboard skills
· Search the internet
· Set up an e-mail account
· Send an e-mail
· Use social media sites
· Job search
· How to use ‘Word’ and other computer programmes
· Ancestry programmes
· Theory tests
We have had a great start to the year with people coming along to access the facilities from very different backgrounds and abilities. The Telegraph newspaper has helped us promote the sessions too.
Our ‘Digital Champions’ are doing a great job supporting the people that come in to get online and have even signposted them to our evening adult learning classes.