Getting online with us

Do you want to go online but don't know where to start? We offer many digital learning opportunities for our tenants.

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The internet has transformed almost every aspect of public, private and work life. That is why we want to make sure that our tenants have access to the internet and the necessary knowledge of how to use it. We offer free public access Wi-fi in our reception area which can be accessed when our office is open.

What are the benefits of going online?

  • Keeping in contact with family and friends
  • Saving money on household bills and shopping
  • Applying for jobs
  • Learning new skills
  • …and so much more!

Where can you learn?

West Lothian College logoAlmond Housing Association run computer and online basics courses in partnership with West Lothian College. These courses are free for our tenants and suitable for beginners. The course covers:

  • Introduction to the computer, keyboard and mouse
  • Understanding what you see on the screen
  • How to write and print letters and documents
  • Getting online safely and searching websites
  • Sending email messages and reading replies

We also offer an intermediate course for those who have completed the Computer and Online Basics course or have basic computer knowledge and would like to learn more. This course covers:

  • Social media and emailing
  • Internet safety when browsing and shopping online
  • Managing files and folders
  • Creating calendars, posters and adverts
  • Digital photographs

Tenants completing a course will gain a formal certificate which could help towards further learning or employment.

If you or someone you know would like to find out more, contact our Community Engagement Officer on 01506 439291.

WLC logo2West Lothian Council also offers digital learning opportunities in the community. By joining a local group you can learn about computers, tablets and smart phones for everyday use. To find out more, call 0800 731 1831.

One-to-one digital support

Every Wednesday our helpful IT Buddies Gordon and Jim are available in our office for one-to-one digital support. They can help with any enquiries you may have from accessing emails to learning how to use Skype. No digital enquiry is too big or small.

We can arrange one-to-one sessions at a time that would suit you in our offices in Craigshill where we have free public access to Wi-Fi to connect your device to the internet. If you are looking for advice or would like to arrange a session, please contact us on 01506 439291.

Which device best suits you?

Find out more about the different digital devices here.

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How can you get a digital device?

Reusing IT are a local charity who can provide refurbished laptops at a reasonable cost for anyone on a low income looking to access a device for learning.

To find out more you can contact Reusing IT on 01506 884061 or visit their website.

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Interested?

For an informal chat about getting a digital device or learning how to use one, contact our Community Engagement Officer Saima on 01506 439291