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Where to go in Dorset to get help going online

Find out where you can go in Dorset to get support and advice about using computers and the internet.

This pages lists places across Dorset where existing groups and support is available, but if the below does not suit you, you can request support for yourself or someone else to get help with digital skills. We will match you with one of our Digital Champions in your area.

Request help getting online or volunteer to be a Digital Champion

Watch an example of Digital Champions in action:

County wide services:

AbilityNet

IT home support for the disabled with IT helpline and factsheets.

0800 269545
enquiries@abilitynet.org.uk
AbilityNet.org - IT home support for the disabled (opens in a new window)

Your local library

You may find that your local library can offer support and advice. See our libraries pages for more information.

Local libraries often hold computer skills sessions, see Computers and internet access at Dorset Libraries for more information. 

Skills & Learning courses

A whole range of courses are run throughout Dorset by Skills & Learning.
Build your confidence with a basic computing course or find out all you need to know about browsing the internet, online banking and shopping, using email and more.
For full course details, please visit the Skills and Learning website. (opens in a new window)

Online resources:

Barclays Digital Driving Licence (opens in a new window)

BBC Webwise (opens in a new window)

Digital Unite (opens in a new window)

Universal Credit - digital support

Weekly sessions (pdf, 298kb) (opens in a new window) are available for those without the digital skills to manage their Universal Credit online journal.

Groups and sessions in specific towns:

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Blandford

Where: 1 The Tabernacle, Blandford Forum DT11 7DW

When: Mondays and Thursdays from 2pm to 5pm (30 minute slots)

Session type: Booking required

Contact details: 01258 452075, blandfordlibrary@dorsetcc.gov.uk

Cost: Free

Organisation: Superfast Dorset Digital Champions

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Charlton Marshall

Where: The Close, Charlton Marshall, Blandford DT11 9NF

When: Tuesdays to Thursdays, 10.30am to 12.30pm

Session type: Drop-in. No booking

Contact details: 01258 480020, cmonlinecentre@gmail.com

Cost: Donations only

Organisation: Charlton Marshall Online Centre

Christchurch

Where: Somerford ARC, BH23 3EH

When: Wednesdays 2pm to 4pm

Session type: Booking required

Contact details: Lydia on 01202 470770, info@somerfordarc.com

Cost: Free

Organisation: Superfast Dorset Digital Champions

Corfe Mullen

Where: Corfe Mullen Library

When: Mondays (term time only) 2pm to 4pm

Session type: Booking required

Contact details: Jessica on 01202 659755, corfemullenlibrary@dorsetcc.gov.uk

Cost: Free

Organisation: Superfast Dorset Digital Champions

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Dorchester

Where: Rowan Cottage, 4 Prince of Wales Road, Dorchester DT1 1PW

When: Monday to Friday, book between 9.30am and 4.30pm

Session type: Booking required, one-to-one and home sessions

Contact details: 01305 269444, gmason@ageukdorchester.onmicrosoft.com

Cost: £15 per hour or £25 for iPad set up

Organisation: Age UK

Dorchester

Where: Magna Housing, DT2

When: Tuesdays 10am to noon

Session type: Drop-in. No booking

Contact details: pdsaustin@gmail.com

Cost: Free

Organisation: Superfast Dorset Digital Champions

Dorchester

Where: Dorchester Library, DT1 1EE

When: Every Thursday 2pm to 3.30pm

Session type: Booking required

Contact details: Francesca Roper on 01305 762417, dorchesterlibrary@dorsetcc.gov.uk  

Cost: Free

Organisation: Superfast Dorset Digital Champions

Dorchester

Where: Dorchester Library, DT1 1EE

When: Every Tuesday 9.30am to 11am and every Wednesday 10am to 12.30pm

Session type: Digital skills to manage Universal Credit online journal. Drop-in

Contact details: 01305 221048

Cost: Free

Organisation: Superfast Dorset Digital Champions

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Gillingham

Where: Gillingham Library, SP8 4UA

When: Saturdays 10am to 1pm and Tuesdays 10am to noon

Session type: Drop-in. No booking

Contact details: Susan on 01747 822180, gillinghamlibrary@dorsetcc.gov.uk

Cost: Free

Organisation: Superfast Dorset Digital Champions

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Hazelbury Bryan

Where: The Exchange, Sturminster Newton DT10 1FH

When: Mondays 9.30am to 12.30pm

Session type: Drop-in. No booking

Contact details: Age Concern Office on 01258 475582

Cost: Donations welcome

Organisation: Age Concern North Dorset

Highcliffe

Where: Highcliffe Library, BH23 5HE

When: Tuesdays 10am to 12:45pm

Session type: Booking required. Drop-in sessions

Contact details: Kathy on 01425 272202, highcliffelibrary@dorsetcc.gov.uk

Cost: Free

Organisation: Superfast Dorset Digital Champions

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Ibberton

Organisation: Ibberton and Belchalwell Village Hall

When: Tuesdays 10am to noon

Session type: Drop-in. No booking

Contact details: John James on 01258 817260, ibvh@jamesfamily.vispa.com  

Cost: Minimum £1/hour

Organisation: Ibberton & Belchalwell Village Hall Computer Group

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Lyme

Where: Lyme Regis Library, Silver Street DT7 3HR

When:

10am to 1pm Monday

10am to 1.30pm Tuesday

10am to 1.30pm Wednesday

10am to 3pm Thursday

10am to 1.30pm Friday

Session type: Drop-in. Only book to make sure a particular slot is reserved.

Contact details: 01297 444570, admin@lrdt.co.uk

Cost: Free

Organisation: LymeNet

Lytchett Matravers

Where: Lytchett Matravers Library, BH16 6BN

When: Fridays 2pm to 4pm

Session type: Booking required

Contact details: Susan Thomas on 01202 621281, lytchettmatraverslibrary@dorsetcc.gov.uk

Cost: Free

Organisation: Superfast Dorset Digital Champions

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Milton Abbas

Where: The Reading Rooms, Milton Abbas, Dorset

When: Thursdays 10am to 1pm

Session type: Drop-in. No booking. One-to-one training available

Contact details: Jennifer Harrison on 01258 881609, Hrrssnsup@aol.com

Cost: Free

Organisation: Milton Abbas Computer Cafe

Mosterton

Where: The Admiral Hood, Mosterton, Dorset, DT8 3ND

When: Tuesdays, 9.45am to 11.45am

Contact details: Ella Venning on 01308 868834, bagoode2012@gmail.com

Cost: £1 per session

Organisation: Mosterton & Surrounding Area Over 50s Computer Club

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Portland

Where: Outpost, DT5 1LY

When: Wednesdays 10am to 1pm

Session type: Booking required. Drop-in sessions

Contact details: Isobel Pike on 07776 477089, isobel.pike@aster.co.uk

Cost: Free

Organisation: Superfast Dorset Digital Champions

Portland

Where: Outpost, DT5 1LY

When: Every Wednesday 10am to 12.30pm

Session type: Digital skills to manage Universal Credit online journal. Drop-in

Contact details: 01305 221048

Cost: Free

Organisation: Superfast Dorset Digital Champions

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Stalbridge

Where: Stalbridge Hub, DT10 2AG

When: Fortnightly session, Tuesdays 9.30am to noon

Session type: Drop-in. No booking

Contact details: Age Concern Office on 01258475582

Cost: Donations welcome

Organisation: Age Concern North Dorset

Sturminster Newton

Where: Stour View Day Centre, Bath Road DT10 1DR

When: Call to ask

Session type: Drop-in, seminars & personal sessions

Contact details: info@acnorthdorset.org.uk 

Cost: Donation request

Organisation: Age Concern North Dorset

Sturminster Newton

Where: Community Centre, Exchange DT10 1QU

When: Mondays 9.30am to 12.30pm and Wednesdays 9.30am to 4.30pm

Session type: Drop-in, seminars and personal sessions

Contact details: 01258 860905, snclc@btconnect.com

Cost: Free

Organisation: Superfast Dorset Digital Champions

Swanage

Where: Swanage Library, BH19 1HZ

When: Mondays 2.30pm to 4pm

Session type: Booking required

Contact details: Jude on 01929 423485, swanagelibrary@dorsetcc.gov.uk

Cost: Free

Organisation: Superfast Dorset Digital Champions

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Verwood

Where: Verwood Library, BH31 6DS

When: Fridays 11am to 12.30pm

Session type: Booking required

Contact details: James Prince on 01202 822972, james.prince@dorsetcc.gov.uk

Cost: Free

Organisation: Superfast Dorset Digital Champions

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West Moors

Where: West Moors Library, BH22 0JD

When: 2nd & 4th Friday, 10am to 12.30pm

Session type: Booking required

Contact details: Angela on 01202 873272, westmoors_library@dorsetcc.gov.uk

Cost: Free

Organisation: Superfast Dorset Digital Champions

Weymouth

Where: Littlemoor Library, DT3 6SF

When: Tuesdays 2.30pm to 4.30pm

Session type: Booking required

Contact details: Pauline Jessett on 01305 812350, littlemoorlibrary@dorsetcc.gov.uk

Cost: Free

Organisation: Superfast Dorset Digital Champions

Weymouth

Where: 17a Cambridge Road, Granby, Weymouth, Dorset

When: IT suite available 10am to noon, or 1pm to 3pm. Tutor support available Monday to Thursday

Session Type: Free PC Maintenance Course

Contact details: 01305 830255, info@wcv.org.uk

Cost: Free

Organisation: Weymouth Community Volunteers

Weymouth

Where: Wyke Regis Library, Portland Road, Wyke Regis DT4 9BE

When: Wednesdays, 11.45am to 12.45am (half hour sessions)

Session type: Booking required

Contact details: 01305 760191, wykeregislibrary@dorsetcc.gov.uk

Cost: Free

Organisation: Superfast Dorset Digital Champions

Weymouth

Where: Weymouth Library, DT4 8NN

When: Tuesdays 10am to noon

Session type: Booking required

Contact details: Sharon Mitchell on 01305 762410, weymouthlibrary@dorsetcc.gov.uk

Cost: Free

Organisation: Superfast Dorset Digital Champions

Weymouth

Where: Weymouth Library, DT4 8NN

When: Every Wednesday 10am to 12.30pm

Session type: Digital skills to manage Universal Credit online journal. Book at the library

Contact details: 01305 221048

Cost: Free

Organisation: Superfast Dorset Digital Champions

Weymouth

Where: Weymouth Job Centre, Westwey House, Westwey Road DT4 8TG

When: Every Monday, 2pm to 5pm

Session type: Digital skills to manage Universal Credit online journal. Drop-in

Contact details: 01305 221048

Cost: Free

Organisation: Superfast Dorset Digital Champions

Weymouth

Where: Railway End, Waverley Road, Weymouth, DT3 5HL

When: Every day, 9.30am to 4.30pm

Session type: Booking is required only to make sure there are available computers

Contact details: 01305 779217, enquiries@best2train.co.uk

Cost: Depends on circumstances. Send email or call to find out

Organisation: Best Training Weymouth

Wimborne

Where: Allendale House, Hanham Road BH21 1AS

When: Look in the brochure on the website as the times can and do change. Mainly Tuesday drop-ins

Monday: Beginners

Tuesday: Updating

Wednesday: One to one

Thursday: Updating

Session type: Both booking and drop-in

Contact details: 01202888992, info@edht.org.uk

Cost: Ring to get a quote or go on the website - East Dorset Heritage Trust website(opens in a new window)

Organisation: East Dorset Heritage Trust

Winfrith Newburgh

Where: Winfith Newburgh Village Hall, DT2 8JW

When: When asked, usually Saturday 10am to noon

Session type: Drop-in. No booking

Contact details: Pat Yonwin, patricia.yonwin@btinternet.com

Cost: Free

Organisation: Superfast Dorset Digital Champions

Wool

Where: Wool Library, BH20 6DL

When: Not regular days, contact the library 5pm to 6pm

Session type: Drop-in. No booking

Contact details: 01929 405259, contact@woolcommunitylibrary.org

Cost: Free

Organisation: Superfast Dorset Digital Champions

 

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