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Computer Friendly helps Shirley complete a book of life stories

Computer Friendly helped Shirley to use Storyworth to write a book of life stories.  She was then able finish her book ...

Mayor of St Albans visits Dropin at Marshalswick

We were pleased to welcome the Mayor of St Albans Cllr Anthony Rowlands accompanied by his Lady Mayoress Annie Stevenson to our regular Thursday ...

Computer Friendly assists Asylum Project with provision of laptops.

The YMCA Asylum Project in Hoddesdon requested some laptops to help their residents who were attending college and Tony Bourke, ...

Computer Friendly supplies 5 laptops to Sir John Lawes School Families

In July 2023, Computer Friendly was delighted to supply 5 laptops to Sir John Lawes school as part of its ...

Harpenden Trust Seniors Fair 2023

On 4th April 2023, Computer Friendly was delighted to be a part of the Harpenden Trust Seniors Fair at the ...

Meet the Computer Friendly London Colney Drop-in Team

Another busy morning for the Drop-in Team at the London Colney Community Centre! If you need help with computers or ...


How can we help you?

Computer Friendly is dedicated to helping you get to grips with computers, tablets and smartphones. We provide a range of courses and workshops, and free drop-in centres where you can get hands-on help and advice.  Please download a colourful leaflet that describes what we do.


Getting Started

Got a new PC, laptop, Apple iPad, Android tablet or smartphone and want to get started?

Computer Friendly’s low cost starter courses: Starting off with Android TabletsStarting off with Windows and Starting off with Apple iPads will show you how to get started with your device and build your confidence so you can start using more of its features. Get on-line, browse the web, send and receive emails and understand the importance of online security.

Doing More

Feeling more confident and want to learn more? Ready to move on, build on the Getting Started courses or to start exploring the fascinating on-line world?

Our low cost courses: Getting More from Apple iPads and Getting more from Android Tablets or Finding Files and Photos (Organising your Windows Computer) will show you how to get more out of your tablet or smartphone and build up your confidence so you can start exploring the on-line world and all it has to offer; for example using ZOOM,  and how to Stay Safe Online.


Hobbies & Skills

Want to extend your hobbies and skills?

‘There are known unknowns and unknown unknowns’

In you are intersted in cats, the internet has it all (apart from the actual cats!) But what about budgies? Knitting? Cars? Skydiving? It’s all there if you just know where to look!

The World Wide Web (WWW), or more commonly known as simply “The Web” or “The Internet” offers a multitude of opportunities to research long standing interests, take up new hobbies and develop new skills. Two of the most popular interests on the Web (and topics which we cover in our range of courses) are Family History and Photography on iPhones/iPads.  Buying and selling via eBay and engaging with others via Social Media also count amongst the most popular activities on the Web: our new Facebook  course will help you get started sharing stories, pictures and “likes” with your friends.

Microsoft Office

Microsoft Office, or “Office” as it is more commonly known, is a suite of software programs developed by Microsoft that utilise common themes,  layouts and shared resources to allow users to undertake many of the more common tasks, not only of office work, but which nowadays form part of everyday life. Computer Friendly run a series of courses centred around Microsoft Office.

Drop-In Centres

Want some help and advice?
Make a booking to visit one of our popular Drop-In Centres and get some free advice.

  • See what courses we have to offer
  • Get help with a question or problem with your computer or tablet
  • Have a try on our computers – it’s easier than you think!

Drop-In sessions are held regularly at the following locations:

More details can be found on the Drop-In page.


Computer Friendly run a series of two-hour interactive workshops on a range of different topics to help users get more from their tablets and computers.

Introductory workshops are where the tutor will take you through the topic, but won’t be expecting you to do anything active online in the workshop.

Hands-on workshops are where you will be using your own tablet/computer get online.

Volunteers and Sponsors

Become a Volunteer

We are a small organisation with lots to do.

Many of our students are retired living in St Albans and Harpenden District, who do not yet have the confidence to use the Internet. That is where we can help most, because we have the patience to go at their pace. It’s very rewarding!

You only need to commit to what you want to do: every little helps!

There is plenty going on – from leading or helping on training courses, managing course bookings, helping at drop-in sessions and designing new training courses. Please visit our volunteers page for more information.

Be a Supporter or Sponsor

The following 3 organisations are our principal sponsors and support us throughout the year through grants and donations. Click on their logo to be taken to their websites. Note that they will open in a new window.



Please support or sponsor our work see our Sponsors page for more details.


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Computer Friendly helps out again!Computer Friendly has donated five recycled laptops to Sir John Lawes School. Here is Tony Bourke handing them over the Assistant Head Anita Joseph. ... See MoreSee Less
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Harpenden Drop-In at Salvation Army: Important:The date of our CF Drop-Ins here are changing to Wednesdays from this week.This will change toWednesday 10:00 – 12:30 from July 5th 2023Looking forward to seeing you there! ... See MoreSee Less
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From someone we were pleased to help: "I just wanted to thank you so much for the laptop. Being disabled left me isolated and knocked my confidence immensely. My education took a real negative hit and all of my written work was not possible. Now I have the laptop I’m able to get back on track and in just a week it’s already make a huge difference to me! I wouldn’t be able to do any of this if it wasn’t for you! E " Thank you for sharing your story E, we are glad we were able to help you.If anyone is struggling with getting online then get in touch with us through calling 01727 617359* or email: courses@cfsta.org*Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays only, from 10:00am to 1:00pm.You can leave a message at other times and one of the team will get back to you.Or go to our Drop-in Centres here www.computerfriendlystalbans.org.uk/computer-friendly/venues/ ... See MoreSee Less
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