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All face-to-face courses and DropIns suspended

The safety of our clients and volunteers comes first so, with the increasing infection rates and Omicron uncertainty, we have had to ...
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Boxmoor Primary School gifted with iPads from Computer Friendly

On 3rd December 2021, Tony Bourke met the Boxmoor Primary School Headteacher, Vicky Campos, to hand over 10 iPads for ...
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Computer Friendly Delivers Laptops to Margaret Wix Primary School

On 3rd December 2021, Tony Bourke Chairman of Computer Friendly was delighted to deliver laptops to Margaret Wix Primary School ...
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Computer Friendly Delivers Refurbished Computers to Chaulden Infants School

On 11th October 2021, Tony Burke - Chair of Computer Friendly - delivered 20 laptops and 10 iPads to Chaulden ...
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A new Computer Friendly Drop-In Centre

We are pleased to announce the opening of a new Computer Friendly Drop-In Centre at the Islamic Community Centre, 145-147 ...
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Computer Friendly Drop-Ins Feedback

When Computer Friendly Drop-Ins restarted as Covid restrictions were lifted, we got some excellent feedback from our visitors: "I just ...
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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.



Doing More

Ready to move on, build on the Getting Started courses or ready 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 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 Skype,  and also how to Stay Safe Online.



Hobbies & Skills

Want to extend your hobbies and skills?

The World Wide Web (WWW), of more commonly known as simply “The Web” or “The Internet” offers a multitude of opportunities to 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, similar 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 about your computer or tablet
  • Have a try on our computers – it’s easier than you think!

Booking is currently required so that we can ensure everyone’s safety, and comply with Government Covid regulations, but it’s FREE and friendly! 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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Recycling laptops helps Chaulden Infants School in Hemel Hempstead!Computer Friendly delivered 20 laptops and 10 iPads back in October. Sorry we are a bit late in posting the good news! ... See MoreSee Less
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We would love to start helping you all again, because that is what we enjoy doing. But the big questions is when? Let's hope it won't be too long. Meanwhile we are helping schools and other organisations by recycling laptops and tablets so that students and others can stay in touch and continue learning. If you have any old laptops or tablets then please get in touch on recycle@computerfriendly.org.uk or phone us on 01727 617359 ... See MoreSee Less
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