Attendees of the RRAVS Computer Cafe in Rayleigh celebrated the completion of a 12 week beginners course recently. Run entirely by volunteers and in partnership with Hamelin Trust the Rayleigh Rochford and District Association for Voluntary Service (RRAVS) team of volunteer IT tutors led the group through a series of subjects including internet shopping, navigating the web, staying in touch through email, social media, Skype and so on. The group received a demo from staff at the Rayleigh Sainsbury’s on how to order shopping online and had a guest speaker from Turning Tides, a Southend Association of Voluntary Services project, who informed the group on ways to stay safe online.

Lisa Swallow, Partnerships and Development Manager at RRAVS said

“in a world so dominated by technology we were pleased to be able to offer support to those less tech savvy helping them to engage with family and friends online and make full use of the Internet. This has been particularly beneficial to carers that have attended thanks to our partnership with the Hamelin Trust and their U Matter 2 service. Anything we can do to lighten the load of a carer is entirely our pleasure, we of course wouldn’t be able to do this without the fantastic support of our volunteers”

For more information about the RRAVS IT courses call 01268 772796 Or email


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