NetBuddies is a ‘not for profit’ community initiative to provide low cost or free internet access and assistance to people who need to get online and use services and facilities only available on the web. Our volunteer tutors (Buddies) help first time users get to grips with using the internet for simple tasks. We work with the elderly, the unemployed, parents with young children, the disabled, those on low incomes or those who have no direct access to the internet, and limited skills or experience of using it.
If you know someone who’s never used the internet, or if you have an hour or so to spare, you can make a big difference to their life. Get them excited by helping them take their first steps online and have fun along the way, like below at our Langport session in Get Online Week and at our opening session in Somerton.
For 2013 there is a new class starting at Martock. It will run on Wednesdays from 2.30 to 4pm, in The Market House. We run two training sessions on Tuesdays from 2.00 to 3.30pm and 4.00 to 5.30pm, at the Methodist Church in West Street, Somerton. There are currently no sessions at Langport or Keinton Mandeville. Our class at Aller normally meets on Thursdays at 10.00, in the Village Hall, which now has Broadband connected, but is currently on hold, waiting for more members. At the Angel Project in Langport there's a drop in facility where you can use one of our community computers for free during the cafe opening hours - 10am to 4pm Wednesday to Friday, and 10 - 1pm on Saturdays. There is a waiting list at some venues, but we're always happy to consider starting new sessions, so apply soon to get on a course.
We are also working to open Job Clubs around South Somerset. The first of these is up and running at Somerton. It meets on Thursdays, from 2pm to 4.30pm, and provides free access to computers and the internet, along with some relevant tuition if you have little knowledge of computers. We'll also help you with your search for work, constructing or improving your CV and other helpful life skills.
For a chance to see what NetBuddies is doing, how it works or to volunteer to help us help others get online, give us a call on 01458 250603.
NetBuddies operates as a series of 'nodes', each of which is autonomous and able to supply services appropriate to its local community. Although initially we are working in South Somerset, UK, we welcome enquiries from like-minded individuals and groups who might consider replicating the initiative elsewhere. If you want to find out more, visit our Blog or read the About us and Background.
NetBuddies is a Race Online 2012 partner and is a UK Online Centre, providing FREE training using the Online Basics course. We are also taking part in the BBC First Click campaign, Age UK Digital Inclusion Network and the Microsoft 'Britain Works' initiative.
You and your friends can raise funds for NetBuddies without cost to yourself. Visit our Funding page for some novel ideas. There are plenty of ways you can help, to find out more, or join our Supporters group, or visit our Facebook page to receive regular updates.