Libraries - Computer Buddy - Broadstone

Purpose: Do you know a bit about computers? Do you like helping others learn and do you have a fair amount of patience? We all learn in different ways and Poole Libraries like to offer different ways of helping people learn how to use a computer. Computer buddies provide help either in drop-in sessions or in one-to-one sessions for people who are a little bit beyond the absolute beginner stage.

There’s more information about the programme on our website at: http://www.poole.gov.uk/leisure-and-culture/libraries/learning-information-and-business/learn-to-use-a-computer/

Suggested Activities: 

  • assist customers with basic computer queries on topics such as using the Internet, basic word processing and using email
  • provide guidance on using the Internet safely
  • help customers to use tablets, smartphones, eReaders etc 
  • provide advice on how to research family history
  • promote library online resources and IT sessions

Where: Broadstone Library

Time and Date: One or two sessions each week of 2 hours or more by agreement. Any day except Thursday.

Skills/Qualifications Required:  A fair knowledge of using PCs (not Macs) for day-to-day tasks such as word processing and emails but no technical expertise required. The main requirements are patience and a real desire to help people learn.

Support for you:  You will be supported day to day by the library staff.

Physical fitness required: Nothing specific but you should be able to sit for the duration of the session on a computer chair (or in your own wheelchair is applicable).

Are there disabled/access facilities?  Yes – good facilities as a new library

Travel expenses reimbursable?  Yes

Next Steps: There will be an informal discussion and a trial period

Supervisor/originator - Staff at Broadstone Library

Schedule Summary

The next 10 shifts (out of 120 total shifts) for this activity are as follows


Date Start Time End Time
Wednesday, July 18, 2018 10:00 AM 12:00 PM
Thursday, July 19, 2018 11:00 AM 2:00 PM
Thursday, July 19, 2018 2:00 PM 4:00 PM
Saturday, July 21, 2018 10:00 AM 12:00 PM
Monday, July 23, 2018 2:00 PM 4:00 PM
Wednesday, July 25, 2018 10:00 AM 12:00 PM
Thursday, July 26, 2018 11:00 AM 2:00 PM
Thursday, July 26, 2018 2:00 PM 4:00 PM
Saturday, July 28, 2018 10:00 AM 12:00 PM
Monday, July 30, 2018 2:00 PM 4:00 PM