Computer Advice

We want to help all our U3A members to overcome their computer problems and to make members aware of the wide range of things that can be done using the internet.

Scout & Guide HQ (Computer Advice Centre)
Monday and Tuesday (apart from Bank Holidays, Christmas and Summer)
10.00 - 12.00
Coordinator:  Willem Wiechers - 01695 573744; email

Please Note: The face-to-face Computer Advice sessions are currently cancelled due to the ongoing corona virus situation.

Computer Advice during Coronavirus Shutdown 

We are  offering an email and a phone Computer Advice Service at present. The email addresses and the Computer Helper phone numbers for this service are published in the Decembert enews, emailed to Aughton & Ormskirk U3A members on 30 December.  Please retain that email for future reference to find Adviser contact details.  

Advice can be sought by telephone at any reasonable time (Monday – Saturday 9:00  – 17:00).  Try another Helper if no reply on your first try. Queries can be sent in by e-mail at any time to They will be dealt with as soon as possible, hopefully within 24 hours.

Queries should be limited to those connected with software – including computer / laptop / tablet /smartphone problems,  digital photography issues, and, especially in these times, digital communication matters. (We are not able to deal with hardware problems.)

We do fully understand the government desire that we should strictly adhere to the ongoing social exclusion restrictions. It is therefore of vital importance that we can communicate with the outside world. So do please contact us if we can be of any help.

If you have a problem with your computer or you don’t know how to do something on it, and you need some advice, come along. If you have a laptop, tablet or smartphone, bring it along with you. We give personal one-to-one help on usage and problems including email and attachments, processing photos, security, computer networks, social networking  etc.

No appointments are needed. But please check availability over holidays periods such as Christmas, Easter and Summer.

For more information (or if you would like to offer any help), please contact Willem Wiechers on 01695 573744 or email on

We also sometimes hold Computer Tutorials on specific topics. Everyone is welcome to these too. And offers to run a Tutorial are particularly welcome.

See below for some relevant  On-Line Courses

Some on-line courses for you to try:

Learn My Way – making on-line learning easier.

Free  Home and Learn on-line tutorials.
All the courses are aimed at complete beginners, so you don’t need experience to get started.

Open Learn – part of the Open University (offers many free on-line courses on a variety of topics).

FutureLearn – On-line courses offered on a multitude of topics by many universities meant for the general public.