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What is it?

  • Many people use computers for work or home organisation.  But for others, computing is an exciting, stimulating and absorbing way of using free time.  

  • Opportunities range from playing computer games and joining in Internet chat lines to downloading new music or composing your own pieces.  

  • Learning about computers and how to make or use them can be an interest in its own right.  

  • Equally computing can be an activity linked to some other specific free time interest, especially with increasingly easy access to the resources of the Internet.  

Find out more


British Computer Society  01793 417417
Personal Computer Association  01763 262987



PC Basics 
PC Format 
PC Home (CD)

Getting started

  • Find a local computer group or club (see organisations above).

  • Take a class or course at your local adult education centre.

  • Consult books or magazines on different types of computers and software and/or search the Internet.

  • Check in your local library/paper or education centre for more information.

What you need

Skills and people
  • Anyone, whatever their age or sex, can learn how to use a computer, and there is always something new to try out or investigate. 

  • Computing can easily be done at home on your own.  But it doesn't have to be a solitary activity and many people enjoy the stimulus and social contact of belonging to a group of some kind. 

  • This can be a local group of computer enthusiasts, or one linked by Internet or other contacts. 

Equipment or clothing
  • You obviously need to have access to a computer of some kind.  If you are a student or belong to a group, it may be possible to use the computers the organisation provides.  

  • There is a very large range of specialised software that you can acquire and/or use.

A place or facilities
  • No special facilities are needed other than some place to keep and use the machine.  

  • Groups usually meet in a local school or college, or sometimes at members' homes, or via the Internet.

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