Welcome to Community Online

A community interest company (CIC) operating in Berkshire and Buckinghamshire.

We teach digital skills to help tackle isolation in society, connect our local communities and reduce people’s dependency on others. By doing this, we are giving people the freedom to transform their own lives.

Community Online engages the socially disadvantaged with community based learning; providing them with the resources and support they need to build their IT skills.

This will in turn improve their quality of life and mental wellbeing by building both their confidence and motivation. 

People who are digitally excluded can live unfulfilled lives, and become unable to participate fully in society. This has already been recognised in the UK Government’s Digital Strategy. So it’s vital for us to help people attain the essential skills for today’s digitally-driven world. 

The key barriers to digital inclusion:

  • A lack of existing digital skills
  • A lack of internet access and/or device access
  • The motivation and confidence to engage with or understand digital platforms and technology

What we do

Community Online addresses learning barriers by providing community based, easily accessible and easy to understand courses and activities. We also use our resources and an integral support system to build people’s motivation and confidence. Our learners, whatever their age or background, are at the heart of what we do.

We know there’s a lot of fear out there when it comes to people getting new skills or changing their habits through digital technology. Some still don’t trust online banking or even shopping. So we focus on creating a welcoming, open learning environment where they can feel at ease and capable of achieving their goals. 

Provide easily accessible and easy to understand courses and activities
Create resources and support systems to build people’s motivation and confidence

Promote a bilingual learning support environment

Harness a one-to-one learning approach to improve people’s digital skills

Our aims

Reduce the digital skills gap in Berkshire and Buckinghamshire

Provide the community with access to the internet and digital devices

Motivate and increase people’s confidence and understanding of digital skills

Reduce people’s dependency on others to meet their digital or technological needs

Who we help:

Socially disadvantaged people, such as older people, the unemployed, people from ethnic minorities, migrants, and those with disabilities.

Overall, studies show that people who don’t use digital platforms and technology are increasingly older, less educated, more likely to be unemployed, disabled, and socially isolated. Therefore, we aim to reach these disadvantaged groups because they are more likely to suffer from a lack of skills, and have a greater need to feel part of the community.