Learning Digital is a registered Community Interest Company, established in 2016 to tackle the growing problem of Digital exclusion in our communities. According to research by charity GO ON UK 20% of adults in Bexley lack basic digital skills and this is one of the reasons why the company was set up.
Founder Martin Hayes worked as an IT support volunteer for 15 years and came up with the idea of of setting up a digital skills company while he was working as a computer buddy for Bexley Libraries. He noticed that a lot of people using the libraries computer systems lacked very basic IT skills and realised that they needed support more suited to their needs and abilities.
In 2014 Martin studied for a teaching qualification before starting a computer help group in the Old Post Office pub in Eltham the following year. This proved popular with older learners who didn’t want certified courses, instead they wanted someone to offer support and guidance to help them use their own equipment in a relaxed environment and at a pace that suited them.
In January 2016 the computer help group moved to Hurst Community Centre in Bexley where we have two extra helpers and the use of a private room.
We are actively networking with groups in the Bexley area to look for new digital inclusion projects to support. If you would like to work with us on a project or want some help please get in touch.
Learning Digital are registered with Companies House, the CIC Regulator and the Information Commissioner’s Office.
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