Field Lane crafters group get online

Published: May 2nd, 2013 | Author: Laura Simpson

We were contacted via one of our close partners, Berneslai Homes, to see if we could provide some basic Internet support to a small group of crafters that meet weekly in Barnsley to chat and make craft products. The products are sold to cover the costs of materials and the meeting room, and to raise funds for the Victoria Almshouses and for the MS Society. I met with the group leader, Glennis, and agreed that we would provide a short 4 week course to introduce group members to the internet and support them with using a computer to help with the work of the group.

Although Glennis had her own laptop, the small centre had no internet connectivity or additional IT equipment so we took in some laptops and a MIFi device for the 4 sessions that took place in April 2013. Sessions covered Internet browsing, setting up email accounts as well as creating posters, price lists and managing photos. The group are now able to email each other, browse online suppliers and produce advertising material for their group. They were delighted that we could respond quickly to help them and customise the course to meet their specific needs.

Quotes from learners;

‘I now feel much more confident about trying new things on my computer’ –Josie.

‘I’ve enjoyed every lesson, it’s gone too quick! Now doing e-mails and making posters for our stall at craft fairs’ Glennis



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