Northumberland libraries champion the digital age

Digital boost for the East Midlands.
Digital boost for the East Midlands.

Lessons to help people learn how to use a computer and to boost their online skills are being offered in Northumberland libraries.

Digital champions are now working in libraries across the county offering help to anyone who wants to know more about computers, software, word processing and other digital applications.

One-to-one free sessions are on offer on a one-off or weekly basis.

Some of the digital champions have specialisms and can help people who want to learn more about a specific topic like researching their family history online - Morpeth and Rothbury libraries have dedicated specialists to help with this.

coun Val Tyler, cabinet member for arts, leisure and culture at Northumberland County Council, said: “Whether you are looking to gain more confidence or just want to find out more about computers, our digital champions can help.

“You can learn about the internet and how to use it - how you can save money and time online, find useful information, research your family history, keep in touch with your friends and much more. The sessions are tailored to the individual and there’s also help to find a job online.”

The digital champions are volunteers who have some free time and want to give something back to their communities.

If you’d like to learn how to help your child with their homework and keep them safe online, the digital champion at Berwick Library can help, and job-seeking advice is available at Ashington, Bedlington, Bedlington Station, Blyth, Guide Post, Lynemouth and Prudhoe.

There are digital champions at libraries in Alnwick, Amble, Ashington, Bedlington, Bedlington Station, Berwick, Blyth, Cramlington, Haltwhistle, Heddon, Hexham, Lynemouth, Morpeth, Ponteland, Prudhoe and Rothbury.

Session times vary, for more information and to book a session, contact your local library.

If you have a tablet, iPad or laptop and would like to learn how to use it, you can bring it to a library with wifi, which is currently available in Alnwick, Bedlington Station, Berwick, Blyth, Cramlington, Guide Post, Haltwhistle, Heddon, Hexham, Lynemouth, Morpeth and Prudhoe libraries.

If you are interested in volunteering to become a digital champion, visit