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UK Online centres

Getting online simply means you're using the internet and there are a million reasons for doing it. Knowing how to use a computer and the internet can help make life a lot easier by saving you time, money and hassle.

Whether you're looking to get online for a new job, to help kids with their homework, to stay in touch with family and friends or to do your weekly shop, UK Online Centres and Learn My Way can help you gain the skills and confidence you'll need to get started.

You'll find a range of free and easy to use courses, from starting with a keyboard and mouse, to email, understanding shopping online and much more.

UK Online Centres are a nationwide network created to support people to get online. Support from staff or volunteers is free and no previous knowledge or experience is necessary. We're here to help.

Our Employment Links centre, all of our libraries and some community centres are UK Online centres and offer you a range of basic IT courses.

Find your nearest UK Online Centre

Learn My Way

Learn My Way - courses covering online skills, skills for job applicants, managing your money, staying healthy and much more.


ALISON - over 750 FREE online courses covering languages, business and enterprise skills, personal development, health and digital literacy and IT skills to name just a few.

The Digital Garage

The Digital Garage - free tutorials from Google on everything from your website to online marketing and beyond. Choose the topics you want to learn, or complete the whole online course for a certification from Google and IAB Europe.

Digital Eagles

Digital Eagles - Build your internet skills with the Barclays Digital Eagles. Try the online course and find out about Tea and Teach sessions and the Code Playground for children.

Digital Know How

Digital Know How - advice from Lloyds Banking Group for organisations to save money, time and raise awareness online. Small businesses who are more digital are twice as likely to report an increase in turnover. 

 IT training events in libraries and other locations

Learning Centre Address Day and time
Various libraries across the borough of Rochdale​​MiscellaneousMonthly Digital Skills for Jobs and Barclay's Tea and Teach courses
Alkrington LibraryKirkway, Middleton M24 1LW

10am-11​am and

Friday, iPad and Tablet drop-in, 10am-12noon.​

Balderstone LibraryBalderstone Park, Rochdale OL11 2HDT​uesday


Castleton LibraryCastleton Community Centre,
Manchester Road, Rochdale OL11 3AF
9.30am-11am and
Darnhill Libra​ryArgyle Parade, Heywood OL10 2RYMonday
2pm-3pm and

10am-11am and
Employment Links99-101 Drake Street, Rochdale OL16 1PZPlease phone for information.
01706 646 471
Junction Library and Community CentreJunction Community Centre, Grimshaw Lane, Middleton M24 2BWFriday
Heywood LibraryChurch Street, Heywood OL10 1LSTuesday
2pm-3pm and
Langley LibraryLangley Children's Centre, Windermere Road, Middleton M24 4LAMon​day 10.30am-12noon

T​​ues​day 10am-12noon

Lighthouse ProjectWarwick Mill, Oldham Road, Middleton M24 1AZPlease phone for information.
0161 643 1163
Littleborough LibraryHarehill Park, Littleborough OL15 9HEMonday 10am-12noon. Tuesday
and Friday, 2pm-4pm. Saturday 10am-12noon
​Middleton Library​Long Street,  Middleton M24 6DU​Wednesday
iPad and Tablet session, 10am - 12noon, booking required.

IT training session, 10am - 12noon, no booking required.
Milnrow Library Newhey Road Milnrow OL16 3PSTuesday
Pride Media AssociationFloor 3, Unique Enterprise Centre, Belfield Road, Rochdale OL16 2UPPlease phone for information.
01706 631291​
Rochdale Central LibraryNumber One Riverside, Smith Street, Rochdale OL16 1XUWednesday 2pm-4pm
Thursday 10am-12noon
Smallbridge LibraryStevenson Square, Rochdale OL12 9SAMonday
Spotland LibraryIngs Lane, Rochdale OL12 7ALMonday
10am-11am and

Other help

You can find a wide selection of books about computers and the internet at our libraries. You can access the internet for FREE at your local library, all you need to do is become a member. There's no charge to join but you will need proof of address.

FREE training for unemployed adults

There are lots of local training organisations who offer free accredited training to unemployed adults. Many of these courses are short, lasting just a few weeks, and delivered on a part time basis so that Job Seekers Allowance is not affected.

View free training for unemployed adults

Digital map of Rochdale

This shows opening hours and contact details for locations in the Rochdale borough with internet access and IT support. View map on Google

UK Digital Strategy

UK Digital Strategy - this strategy sets out how the UK government will build on the success to date to develop a world-leading digital economy that works for everyone.

Government Transformation Strategy - this document explains what transformation in government means and how the work will be done.

Related pages


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8am-6pm Monday to Friday​

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