Teach yourself with Learn My Way
Learn My Way is a website that can help you develop your digital skills. All you have to do is create an account on their website (https://www.learnmyway.com/). Then you can log in and choose courses that help with basic digital skills. Topics include things like onllne banking, and scams awareness. However, they start as simple as turning a computer on and off.
Learn My Way is free to join. If you want to register, you will need an email address. You will also need to enter the number of an online centre that you joined through. You will be asked this during the registration process. Catbytes is part of the Online Centres Network, which is managed by The Good Things Foundation.
Our centre number is 8009284
We would be happy for you to use this number when you register
Supporting the Vineries with digital skills
The Vineries is a Lewisham Homes retirement home in Perry Vale. Tenants there live independently with support from an onsite Independent Living Officer. 60 UP are a local Community Interest Company who support elders by providing activities which enhance learning and wellbeing. They have commissioned Catbytes to provide a series of digital learning sessions at the site. The sessions have been delivered by Rachel Joseph, who previously volunteered as a buddy with us. Now Rachel is working for Catbytes on a contract basis.
Christina Israel, Managing Director of 60 Up said: "The Catbytes team are not only knowledgeable but also passionate about what they teach. They have a unique ability to break down what might seem complex to others into easy-to-understand language and making learning fun. No question is too small or insignificant for them; they patiently guide you through every step of the way and adjust their teaching to suit your needs.
Teaching digital skills to budding developers
Collab Training Academy are based in South East London. They help people into training and employment. Catbytes are supporting some of their clients in this journey.
One of our volunteers, John Bailey, is training Bradley in how to program arduinos. This combines basic electronics with coding skills.
We are also training Devante to fix computers. Today he did his first keyboard replacement
Catbytes has launched the Deptford Huddle. This is a new weekly session consisting of social activities and advice. It will be run initially as part of the Warm Welcomes initiative. It currently includes free energy advice from Altrist Energy It also incorporates our digital drop in.
The Deptford Huddle is based at 2000 Community Action Centre in Deptford
The Huddle is run by Lana De Meillon, the founder of the Catford Fridge. We are very pleased to have Lana working with us.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
We hope to see you there.
Phoenix is relaunching the Green Man Digital Drop In
Phoenix Community Housing will be relaunching the digital drop-in they used to run at the Green Man Hub in Bellingham. This club was running since the launch of the hub up until the lockdown. The return of the club will be welcome to many people who are facing increasing pressure to use the internet to get access to essential services. The Green Man hub is also a one stop shop for a range of support and advice. This includes advice on benefits, housing and employment. Some of this is only open to Phoenix tenants. However, the digital drop in is open to everyone. This time round the buddies for the project have been sourced by Catbytes.
The Green Man Digital Drop in runs every Wednesday from 10am to 12pm
Phone: 0800 028 5700
Catbytes launches a digital drop in at St Peter's, Brockley
Catbytes are launching a new digital drop-in at St Peter's Church in Brockley. This will coincide with their already well established social supermarket, which runs on Wednesdays. Volunteers will be present between 12 and 2pm to help visitors to St Peter's with digital queries.
3 Common Zoom Mistakes
Anyone who bought Zoom shares before March must be planning a long vacation when the lockdown finishes - probably on their own yacht. The online conferencing app has become the software of choice for every kind of get-together, from line dancing clubs to public health crisis management conferences. However, many people trying Zoom for the first time may trip up over some of it's finer points.
Not wishing to cover old ground, we thought we would focus on a few features of Zoom which can catch out the first time user, and may even have caused us to stumble (ahem).
1. Always use the "mute participants upon entry" option
If you are running a club where you are the teacher/leader/presenter, make sure that all other participants are muted by default.