Neston Community CyberCentre has been operating in Neston Methodist Church and Community Centre since 2001.
Started with government funding, the centre has been supported over the years by West Cheshire College, Project Rural Matters, The Fair Shares Trust, and currently Cheshire West and Chester Council. The centre is staffed by volunteer CyberBuddies, who help computer users with a range of tasks and problems.
We have 10 networked PCs, currently running Microsoft Windows 7, and we plan to upgrade to Windows 10 in late 2015 or early 2016. The networked PCs run a range of software, including:
• Microsoft Office 2007 (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Publisher, Access)
• Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera, Chrome)
• Corel Paint Shop Pro
• Adobe Photoshop
• Family Tree Maker 2012
We also have a range of laser printers, including a standard black and white A4 printer, and a high quality A3 colour laser printer (funded through a generous donation from one of our users). We have three Epson scanners, with which documents can be scanned for sending by email. Thanks to a grant from the Adactus Housing Neighbourhood Fund, the 10 network PCs have recently been upgraded with Solid State Drives, giving higher speed data access.
The CyberCentre also provides free wireless internet to registered users, so that people with their own laptop or tablet can come in to seek help with using them, or just to connect the internet while they enjoy refreshments in the Teapot on Monday or Wednesday mornings, or the Welcome Café on Friday mornings.
CyberBuddiesare on hand at every session, and can help you with:
• Job applications and CVs.
• Booking flights and holidays.
• Setting up your email accounts.
• Government or local council websites (for example renewing your driving licence online).
• Researching your family history using a variety of websites including Ancestry.co.uk and Findmypast.co.uk
• Practice with ECDL or ICDL computer skills programmes.
• Downloading and editing your digital photographs.
• Providing advice on problems with your own Laptops or PCs (Windows or Apple).
• Using Tablet computers (Apple or Android) – if you have a new Tablet and would like to know more about what it can do, make an appointment with one of our Tablet specialists.
Registration to use the CyberCentre is free to residents of Neston, Little Neston, Ness, Parkgate, Willaston, Burton and Puddington, however we do ask users to make a small donation towards our costs if they find the service useful. CyberCentre users must be over the age of 16. Users from outside the CH64 area are also welcome; we do ask them to make a donation towards our running costs
CyberCentre sessions are currently:
• Monday 9:30am – 12 noon.
• Tuesday 9:30am – 12 noon, 2:30pm – 7pm.
• Wednesday 9:30am – 12 noon, 2:30pm – 7pm.
• Thursday 9:30am – 12 noon, 2:30pm – 5pm, 7pm – 9pm.
• Friday 9:30am – 12 noon.
Call in at Neston Community CyberCentre, Neston Methodist Church and Community Centre, Park Street, Neston (opposite the Brewers Arms), or phone us on 0151 336 7784 during opening times only.
Would you like to be a CyberBuddy?
We are looking for new CyberBuddies, to replace some who have left the area, to provide additional support during busy sessions, and to open up additional sessions for users. Can you help? Training will be provided, and we would particularly welcome new CyberBuddies who bring additional skills and expertise to the CyberCentre.
If you would like to be a CyberBuddy, contact Fiona Mathews (firstname.lastname@example.org)