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Help with computers and the internet

Find out what courses, training and events are available to help you with computers and the internet.

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 classed as 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. 

Library support

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 join the library

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.

How to download and view files on this website

​​​​​There are a number of different file formats available for download on our Rochdale Borough Council website. All downloads should feature the name of the format and the file size close to the link text.

You can download free viewers for each of the downloadable formats from the external sites that we have added links to. Rochdale Borough Council is not responsible for the content and services provided on external websites or any third party software downloaded to your computer.

Adobe Acrobat

PDF files are files that are created using Adobe Acrobat. A PDF file retains the formatting of the printed version of a document in an easy to download, single file. To view PDF files you need Adobe Acrobat Reader DC. The latest version can be downloaded for free. Download the latest version of Adobe Reader

If you have visual difficulties you may also find it useful to investigate services provided to improve the accessibility of Acrobat documents. Adobe Acrobat and Accessibility

Microsoft Word

If you don't have Microsoft Word:

CSV (Comma Separated Values)

A CSV file is the simplest way in which tabular data can be saved for importing spreadsheet applications such as Excel or database applications such as Access. No special reader is required for this format.

How to search this website

​​​​​​There are various ways of finding the information you're interested in on this site. We want you to get the most from our website so here are some tips to help you.

Using the search engine

Enter one or more keywords in the search box at the top of any page to get a list of relevant pages and documents on the site. The pages that are the most relevant should appear towards the top of the search results page.

Advanced search option

If your search produces too many results or doesn't find what you're looking for, you can perform a more refined search using the advanced search facility. You can also used the advanced search to limit your search options.

Navigating to content

The main navigation bar allows you to browse your way through the pages on the site. The navigation is based on how users search for information and is aimed at providing a simple way for users to find information on a local authority website.

A-Z listings

The A-Z listing is available from each page on the site. Click the required letter in the A-Z then use the listings to find the information you want. If the content you are looking for is not in the A-Z try the Search facility..

Site m​ap

The site map gives a list of pages on the website.​

Ask for help

If you cannot find the information you're looking for, get in touch with the Digital Services Team using the contact details on this page and we'll do our best to help.

UK Digital Strategy

Related pages


Digital Services Team
Number One Riverside
Smith Street
Rochdale OL16 1XU


0300 303 8876

Phone: Monday–Friday 9am–5pm.

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Did you know?

Joining a library is free. You can join any library in England and Wales to use their facilities.

So, if you can't find it with us, take a look at the services on offer at a different library.

Join Rochdale borough libraries

It only takes a couple of minutes to join the library online. You can use your library membership to:

  • Download the latest eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines to your smartphone, tablet or desktop.
  • Reserve and renew books.
  • Choose from thousands of great books and audiobooks.
  • Access a range of online resources.
  • Borrow items from any library in the Greater Manchester Consortium.

Please remember to bring identification when you first visit the library to borrow items - for example, utility bill, driving licence or bank statement.

Join the library