• Neysa Koizumi

Learn to Use Tech in Mid Canterbury


posted with permission from Mid Canterbury CAB


Learn to use Tech in Mid Canterbury!


Address: Community House (44 Cass St, Ashburton)

Email: Info.midcanterbury@cab.org.nz

Phone Number: 03) 928 8761

Website: https://www.cab.org.nz/location/cab-mid-canterbury

Facebook: CABMidCanterbury


The Mid Canterbury Citizen’s Advice Bureau is open 10am-1pm weekdays for any queries you may have.


Ashburton Public Library (FREE)

Address: 180 Havelock St, Ashburton

Email: library@adc.govt.nz

Phone Number: 03 308 7192

Website: https://www.ashburtondc.govt.nz/community-facilities/library

  • Free WIFI & internet access.

  • Free beginner computer lessons

  • Digital drop in sessions - free help mastering your electronic devices on Wednesday between 2:00 and 4:00pm

  • CV Help - you can book a free session for 1 on 1 advice about your CV, cover letter or more Monday, Wednesday 9:00am and 10:00am or Thursday 3:30pm by phoning, other times by arrangement

  • Skinny Jump low-cost internet - Just take home a modem and plug it in. First 30GB free, then it costs $5 for 30GB with a max of 5 top ups per month. No Contracts. No Credit Checks.

Stepping UP is a range of free beginner computer and online courses

  • The Digital Steps Programme consists of one-off sessions including computer basics, smartphones & online banking. You can book as many classes as you like depending on your interests. Tuesdays from 1-3pm.

  • The Better Digital Futures Programme has 4 different pathways, with 4 sessions each, from introducing you to the online world and devices to being safe online. Participants can sign up to one or more pathways. Sessions every Thursday 10am till 12pm.

  • Bookings are essential. Call the library or go to the Stepping UP website (steppingup.nz) and clicking on Register for upcoming courses, filtering by location (Ashburton Library) and clicking register. Click here for upcoming Ashburton courses.

Ashburton Learning Centre (FREE)

Address: 71 Park Street, PO Box 268, Ashburton

Phone: 03 308 5322

Mobile: 027 226 9496

Email: adult.literacy@xtra.co.nz

Facebook: Ashburton-Learning-Centre

Website: ashburtonlearningcentre.co.nz


Group computing classes are held on:

  • Monday morning: 10:30am - 12:30pm

  • Wednesday morning: 9:00am - 11:00am

  • Wednesday evening: 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Mid Canterbury Timebank

Address: Community House Mid Canterbury, 44 Cass Street, Ashburton

Phone: 03 308 1237 ((Ext. 218))

Website: mctimebank.nz

Facebook: MidCanterburyTimeBank

Email: coordinator@mctimebank.nz


Supporting people to Connect, Contribute & Belong through exchanges & social events. A Timebank allows members to earn a time credit for every hour helping others. This time credit can then be used to get help. Call or visit the website to register as a member. $5 for unwaged, $10 for waged.


Worried about scams?

If you are worried about scams, the best place to get up-to-date, accurate information is on-line. Try searching for Netsafe, Consumer Protection’s Scamwatch or CERT.



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Literacy Aotearoa (FREE)

Address: 180 Havelock St, Ashburton

Phone: 027 721 2002

Email: info.c9@literacy.org.nz

Website: literacy.org.nz

Facebook: LiteracyAotearoaAshburton

Digital Literacy Course

You will learn:

  • to power on/off a smartphone or tablet

  • a range of basic functions

  • to view documents sent as attachments

  • to save and produce documents

  • to find, download and use a range of ‘Apps’, including your calculator

  • to access and use web based email services

  • to access and use social media

► Computer Literacy Course

You will learn:

  • a basic understanding of computers

  • to feel more confident using a computer

  • to set up your own email address

  • to use Microsoft Office products, including Word documents

  • to use the internet to find information effectively

Senior Net Ashburton

Address: (Room 4) Sinclair Centre, 74 Park Street, Ashburton

Phone: 03 308 6654 or 307-2753

Email: seniornet.ash@gmail.com

Website: seniornet.nz


Learn how to use your digital devices at your own pace in a friendly, relaxed environment. Meetings dates are as advertised in our newsletter - for a complimentary newsletter contact them. You can attend your first meeting at no cost.


►Sessions commence at 1.30pm at the Sinclair Centre and include:

  • Question & Answer with topics of interest for all members. Following is a cup of tea/coffee and a chat.

  • Regular help and problem-solving on any issue.

  • Assistance with problems, such as wanting to know how to achieve a task, solve problems, set-up apps.

  • Tuition is available on a wide variety of devices (including Apple and Android devices) - laptops, notebooks, tablets, smartphones. Plus, a wide range of subjects and topics – see next section.

►Workshops cover topics such as:

  • Getting to know your computer (basic knowledge).

  • Saving data - saving info to a computer, external hard drive, USB etc.

  • Emailing: - basic and advanced sessions.

  • Transferring photos to a computer from a phone or camera.

  • Digital photo editing.

  • Making CD's/DVD's from photos.

  • Making movies using photos.

  • Card Making (using Google, Microsoft Publisher or other apps).

  • Downloading music/movies.

  • Printing & Scanning.

  • Forums for common internet tasks: Internet Banking, Facebook, Google, YouTube, TradeMe, Skype/Zoom etc.

  • Word Processing (any app).

  • Spread sheeting (any app).

  • Annual Subscription (for 2021) is $20 per person, or $30 for a couple. There is a $2 fee for each meeting (first meeting you attend is free).

Keep Learning Mid Canterbury


Website: https://keeplearningmc.nz

Facebook: keeplearningmc

Email: kate@connectingmc.org

KLMC run around 40 Keep Learning events a year, with a large variety of topics. These events are open to the whole community and are usually run by volunteers with expertise and a willingness to share their passion, often free or with a small fee to cover expenses. KLMC also runs a website where not only do they list their own events, but anyone in Mid Canterbury can list their learning events.


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