Our digital champions run sessions for anyone who needs more confidence using their device or accessing our services on the web.
Free digital support sessions
Our digital champions run free one-to-one support sessions to help you feel more confident using the internet and online services.
You can book a session and bring your own device along (such as a laptop, tablet or smartphone), or you can borrow one of ours on the day - just let us know when you request to book.
Our digital champions can help you with things such as:
- browsing the web and staying safe online
- video calling
- online shopping and banking
- social media
- using online council services, such as:
- using online library services, including eBooks and eAudio and your online library account
Session dates and times
|Library @ the Lightbox||Wednesday 9 November||10am to 1pm|
|Dodworth Library||Friday 11 November||2pm to 4pm|
|Worsbrough Library||Monday 14 November||2.30pm to 4.30pm|
|Wombwell Library||Thursday 17 November||10am to 1pm|
|Mapplewell Library||Monday 21 November||1.30pm to 4.30pm|
|Royston Library||Wednesday 23 November||10am to 1pm|
|Penistone Library||Friday 25 November||1pm to 4pm|
|Roundhouse Library||Friday 25 November||2pm to 4pm|
|Cudworth Library||Thursday 1 December||10am to 1pm|
|Goldthorpe Library||Monday 5 December||1pm to 4pm|
|Library @ the Lightbox||Thursday 8 December||10am to 1pm|
|Worsbrough Library||Monday 12 December||2.30pm to 4.30pm|
|Dodworth Library||Tuesday 13 December||10am to 12pm|
|Roundhouse Library||Wednesday 14 December||2pm to 5pm|
|Hoyland Library||Friday 16 December||10am to 1pm|
|Penistone Library||Friday 16 December||10am to 1pm|
|Wombwell Library||Monday 19 December||10am to 1pm|
|Mapplewell Library||Tuesday 20 December||1pm to 4pm|
|Royston Library||Thursday 22 December||10am to 12pm|
You can request to book a 45 minute slot at any of the sessions by filling in our online form or calling (01226) 773555. If you'd like to attend at a library not listed, just let us know your preferred location when you contact us.
Free online basics course
If you'd like to learn more about getting online, you can join us for a free course.
There's a choice of dates and venues, and each course runs one day a week for six weeks.
- Week 1 – using the internet and searching the internet
- Week 2 – online forms and keeping your personal details secure online
- Week 3 – using email
- Week 4 – accessing public services and health services online
- Week 5 – online shopping
- Week 6 – learning to video call and watching/listening online
You can bring your own laptop or tablet if you have one, or borrow one of ours on the day.
Course dates and times
|Location||Day||Dates||Time||How to book a place|
|Library @ the Lightbox||Monday||17 October to 21 November 2022||10am to 12pm||Contact us online, call (01226) 773555, or ask in the library.|
|Library @ Penistone||Friday||28 October to 2 December 2022||10am to 12pm||Contact us online, call (01226) 773555, or ask in the library.|
|Fitzwilliam Court, Hoyland||Tuesday||1 November to 6 December 2022||2pm to 4pm||Contact us online, call (01226) 773555, or ask in Hoyland Library.|
|Library @ Royston||Tuesday||10 January to 14 February 2023||10am to 12pm||Contact us online, call (01226) 773555, or ask in the library.|
|Library @ Roundhouse||Thursday||12 January to 16 February 2023||2pm to 4pm||Contact us online, call (01226) 773555, or ask in the library.|
|Library @ the Lightbox||Thursday||19 January to 23 February||10am to 12pm||Contact us online, call (01226) 773555, or ask in the library.|
|Library @ Mapplewell||Wednesday||25 January to 1 March||2pm to 4pm||Contact us online, call (01226) 773555, or ask in the library.|
You can request to book a place at any of the courses by filling in our online form or calling (01226) 773555.
Digital safety sessions
Our digital champions are running some digital safety sessions during Safeguarding Awareness Week. They're open to anyone who's worried about online safety or who wants to learn more about keeping themselves safe online.
This session will look at how to stay safe online, with subjects such as:
- staying safe when shopping
- booking tickets or holidays
- using email
- recognising fake websites
- recognising phishing emails and texts
- creating strong passwords
- protecting your device from viruses
Please see below for the dates, times and venues:
|Penistone Library||Tuesday 22 November||10am to 11.30am|
|Library @ the Lightbox||Wednesday 23 November||10am to 11.30am|
You can request to book a place at a session by filling in our online form or calling (01226) 773555.
Support for local community groups
We also work with local community groups to support people to get online. You can read a case study about some of our work below. If you run a group and would like our digital champions to visit you, please get in touch using our online form.
Case study: Athersley Cares
Here's what Lorraine, project manager at Athersley Cares, said about working with our digital champions:
"Athersley Cares works on various initiatives and activities for children, families and the elderly residents of Athersley, New Lodge and Smithies area of Barnsley.
As part of our work we support a regular meeting of elderly members from the community. Through discussions it became clear to us that they had little or no experience of using the internet or social media, but told us they'd like to learn about it.
I contacted the digital champions who were more than happy to attend one of the meetings to introduce themselves and their service.
A four week programme was developed which included:
- shopping on line
- social media
- online security
- online Barnsley Council services, which included library services
Feedback after each session was extremely positive with everyone saying they had learned something and confidence had grown when using the internet. Numbers attending each session were maintained, and new people joined throughout the programme.
I feel that the group will access Barnsley Council online services and I will have a laptop available at their meetings from now on to make sure they can do this. The group have also said that they would like the digital champions to return in the future.
I would like to thank the digital champions for a really interesting course and already myself and the group have told other groups about this service. I look forward to working with them again in the future."