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Due to the COVID-19 situation, some of the organisations listed on this site have posted service updates and will continue doing so. Many phone lines and websites are still available, however some contact details may have changed. Try the organisation's own website if you're having difficulty getting through.

If you have any queries, please email us at dos@reading.gov.uk or fis@reading.gov.uk

Get Online Reading

Get Online drop-in sessions are gradually starting up again at venues around Reading.

Monthly Friday sessions at a new venue – Oak Tree House in Dee Park. The next session there will be on Friday 8 October at 11:00. The sessions are in a sheltered housing block, but anyone is welcome to drop in and ask for help.

Monthly sessions are also restarting at the Whitley Wood Community Centre’s Tuesday community hub, on the last Tuesday of the month – the first session there will be on Tuesday 28 September, 10:00-11:30. Just call in with your device or we can use one of our laptops to help you.

Sessions at libraries and other venues will be starting again as soon as these can be arranged. Our popular sessions at Reading Central Library are back! As before, all our sessions are free for anyone needing help with computers and technology to drop in, on a first come first served basis. You can bring your own device or use the library computers.

Come and find us on the first floor of the library – we’re back at our previous times:

-Tuesdays 14:00 – 16:00
-Thursdays 14:00 – 16:00
-Saturdays 10:00 – 12:00

Please note that you will need a library card to use the library wi-fi or computers – if you don’t have one you can get one easily from the reception desk if you bring ID. We look forward to seeing you.

Further details and calendar at https://go-reading.org/

Are you interested in helping someone to learn about computers and technology? We are also starting to recruit more volunteers for the project. Sessions will be at various times and venues, mostly on weekdays, and generally last 1-2 hours. If you are interested please email david.neale@rva.org.uk or visit https://go-reading.org/get-involved/

 

For people without internet access we have set up a helpline on 0118 334 1095 where we will be giving out recorded messages about the service. You can also leave us a message if you would like remote help or have an enquiry about our service.

 

Do you (or does anyone you know) need help with computers? We can help you get going - from basic computer use to setting up and using email, internet searches, filling in online forms, word processing and more. We can also help with using laptops, smartphones and tablets and you are welcome to bring your own device if you have one. Free wi-fi is provided at all venues (at libraries you will need a library card). Just drop in and ask - it's free!

Who to contact

Contact Name
David Neale
Telephone
0118 937 2273
0118 334 1095 (helpline)
E-mail
david.neale@rva.org.uk
Website
Get Online Reading website

Where to go

Name
Libraries and community venues around Reading
Notes

We run drop-in sesions at several venues around Reading including libraries, community centres and lunch clubs - see below for details.

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Regular drop-in sessions at various times - see notes for schedule
Time of day
Morning
Afternoon
Session Information
1st Monday of the month 10.30am-12pm, Whitley Community Cafe
3rd Wednesday and last Tuesday of the month 10-11.30am, Whitley Wood Community Centre
Tuesdays 2-4pm, Central Library
Thursdays 2-4pm, Central Library
Fridays 10am-12pm, Battle Library
Saturdays 10am-12pm, Central Library
Also monthly at Whitley Library, Tilehurst Library, Dee Park and Amersham Road - please visit www.go-reading.org or call 0118 937 2773 for details.

Other Details

Costs

Is there a charge for
using this service?
No

Availability

Referral required
No
Other notes

All welcome - just drop in and ask.

This information has been collected from third party providers therefore the Reading Services Guide, Reading Borough Council (RBC) and Brighter Futures for Children (BFfC) cannot accept responsibility for the accuracy of this information and recommends that parents, carers, young people, residents and professionals check with providers regarding DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) and OFSTED registrations and CQC registrations. Information collected by Reading Service Guide; is used solely to implement and supply the Family Information Service (FIS), Special Educational Needs & Disabilities - Reading's Local Offer, Adults & Carers Support Group and Reading Youth.