Training for adults who have never used a computer

We would like to raise funds to offer core digital skills training to 10 adults who have limited skills or have never switched a computer on. The training will be held at our training centre in Chester in March this year. But we need your help!

This training will provide the 10 candidates, digital access skills and the confidence they need to live an included and independent life. This includes accessing health information online, being able to keep in contact with loved ones, make savings by shopping online and pursue hobbies.


The OFCOM'S adult literacy research shows in the north-west, 79% of the population have basic digital skills and 21% have no basic digital skills at all. 5.3 million UK adults have never used the internet and the skills gap is costing the UK economy around £63bn a year in lost income. They also report that the UK needs another 745,000 workers with digital skills and 90% of jobs require digital skills to some degree.

Did you know research has shown that many single-parent families and the poorest households are still unable to access the internet at home?

Did you know recent government researcher shows overall, there was still a higher proportion of women who had never used the internet at 8.7%, compared with men at 6.3%? 

…and did you know Technology can also enhance the health and quality of life of diverse populations and may play an important role in reducing health disparities?

The funds raised will provide:

10 Workbooks
Room Hire for 3 hours

We are two highly qualified teachers with extensive experience of working in further education and can provide a range of digital training opportunities. We specialise in Microsoft Office based applications, for example, Word Processing, Spreadsheet Software, Presentation Software, Database and Outlook, we cater for all levels. 

While working at a local FE college we were both graded "outstanding" by an Ofsted inspector.


We taught Annie new skills so she can switch a computer on and create a children's book!

We've even taught children how to use Alexa to help them with their maths!

...and how to build online games!


We even taught the ancient town crier digital skills in order to publish his book!


By making a donation you will be helping 10 adults to live healthier, more inclusive lives, by narrowing the digital divide. Don't let them get left behind!

Thank you!


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Fundraising team: CDS Academy Team (2)

Bev Cowperthwaite 
Chester, North West England, United Kingdom
Jayne Muspratt 
Team member
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