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Getting Online in Warrington

​​people using computers in a IT suiteGetting Online in Warrington could not be easier!​  There are a wide variety of IT courses and drop in sessions available for residents at all levels across Warrington.  Sessions cover:

  • Internet, Computer and Email Basics
  • Internet Safety
  • Computers for the Terrified
  • Basic Web Design
  • Digital Photography
  • Office and Computer skills

Find out more below about your library services, community IT suites, local Wi-Fi​ hotspots and accessing free self-learning ​​online courses.

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​​​​​All libraries in Warrington have computer facilities that are available for users to use for FREE.  All libraries have:

  • Free access to the internet
  • MS Office 2010 - Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint and Publisher
  • Both colour and black and white printing (small charge for printing)
  • Supernova - screen magnifier and text to speech software
  • Access to online resources e.g. Encyclopaedia Britannica, FindMyPast and more
  • Scanning facilities.
  • Most computers in our libraries have USB ports for you to use your own memory stick or CD re-write facilities, a small few still have floppy disk drives.

LiveWire - IT Volunteer Run Sessions
Need help with IT - libraries off short courses to help you make the most of your computer…email, internet and word-processing.  Volunteer led sessions run weekly and can help you to build confidence using IT including the internet and e-mail.  ​Find out more on the LiveWire website​ and contact the library for more details or to book a place.​
Orford Community Hub:
Orford Community Hub (Festival Avenue, Orford) has opened its IT suite to the community. Drop in and learn new IT skills or extend your existing skills, every Tuesday between 1-3pm (over 19s only).  Volunteer Mentors will help you to use the internet, send an email, type a letter and much more.  Call into th​​e Hub for more information or call them on 01925 241360.

Fairfield & Howley Neighbourhood Project:
The Fairfield & Howley Neighbourhood Project (Willis St, Warrington, Cheshire WA1 3QG) IT Suite is open Wednesday 10am-12n, Thursdays 10am-12n & Fridays 10am-12n.  Call 01925 418633 for more information.

Penketh Oaks Community Centre:
Penketh Oaks Community Centre (Stocks Lane, WA5 2QG) IT Suite is open on Mondays 9am-12n, Wednesdays 10am-12n & Thursdays 9am-12n.  Call Linda for more information on 01925 486955.

Longford Neighbourhood Services Centre (LNSC):
The LNSC has a suite of 10 computers that are free to use, Monday - Friday 8am-2pm.  The centre is based on Sandy Lane (with the Longford Cafe).  Contact them direct for more information on 01925 414631 or email

Whitecross Community Centre:
The centre is based on Lexden Street.  Please contact them direct on 01925 638868 for information on their IT Suite.

The Gateway (Town Centre):
The Gateway (Sankey Street) has a large IT Suite called the ‘Learning Centre’.  Or contact them directly on 01925 246800 or email

Warrington Disability Partnership (WDP):
The WDP actively promote independent living by providing information on peer counselling, housing, equipment, personal assistance, transport, access, employment, education, training and other services. 

They are based at 'The Centre for Independent Living', Beaufort Street, Sankey Bridges and the have a computer suite and have a wide range of IT and computer courses on offer - these include; Internet and Email, Getting to Know Your Tablet, Computers for the Terrified, Everyday IT and Foundation IT Skills for Job Seekers.

Specialist software aims to make this facility accessible for all with adapted keyboards, mice and fully height adjustable desks to accommodate individual needs. They can also offer one to one classes for the Visually Impaired.  For more information and to book contact Nick Vaughan on 01925 240064, or check out the WDP website.​

​​​​​​Bewsey IT Suite (BITS):
Bewsey Community Park Centre, Troutbeck Avenue, Bewsey, WA5 0AS.

​​​​​There are lots of places in Warrington where you can access a computer and the internet:

Wi-Fi Hotspots:
Click here to find Wi-Fi hotspots across Warrington - check out the WBC website​.

  • Birchwood Library, Brock Road 01925 827491
  • Blackbrook & Westy Children’s Centre, Tinsley Street 01925 570870
  • Burtonwood Library, Chapel Lane 01925 226563
  • Central Library, Museum Street 01925 442889
  • Culcheth Library, Warrington Road 01925 763293
  • Grappenhall Library, Victoria Ave, 01925 268077 / 07543-407885
  • Lymm Library, Davies Way 01925 754367
  • Orford Park Library, Orford Jubilee Neighbourhood Hub 01925 572504
  • Padgate Library, Lysander High School 01925 818096
  • Penketh Library, Honiton Way 01925 723730
  • Stockton Heath Library, Alexandra Park 01925 261148
  • Westbrook Library, Westbrook Crescent 01925 416561
  • Woolston Library, Woolston Neighbourhood Hub, Hall Road 01925 813939
  • Warrington Central Library, Musuem Street 01925 442889

Children’s centres:
  • Blackbrook & Westy Children’s Centre, Tinskley Street 01925 570870
  • Dallam Children’s Centre, Boulting Avenue 01925 636856
  • Orchard Children’s Centre, Hilden Road 01925 816912
  • Orford Children’s Centre, Sandy Lane 01925 425580

Town centre:
  • Contact Warrington, Horsemarket Street 01925 443322
  • Contact Warrington One Stop Shop, Time Square 01925 443322
  • Warrington Youth Café, Time Square, Warrington 01925 442874
  • The Gateway, Sankey Street
  • Job Centre
  • WH Smith, Golden Square
  • The Friar Penketh, Barbauld Street, WA1 1EX
  • Superdrug, Golden Square
  • Starbucks, Golden Square
  • Marks & Spencer, Golden Square

Community centres / Community Hubs:
  • St Werburgh's Community Hub, Boswell Avenue, WA4 6DQ 
  • Shannon Bradshaw​ Community Centre, Meeting Lane, Penketh, WA5 ​2BG, 01925 ​722785

Most pubs, cafes, fast food chains and coffee shops offer FREE wi-fo.  Opening times and availability may vary - if unsure please check with the venue direct.

​If there isn't a local place listed here that is convenient, UK online centres are located all over the country to give people the help and support they need to improve their computer and internet skills. You can find a local centre near you by calling 0800 77 1234, or by visiting UK Online Centres.

Various websites offer online courses to help get you started on the internet or improve your computer skills and confidence, please see some suggested sites below.

LearnMyWay - if you know the basics of using computers and the internet but want to brush up your skills, or learn to do more, then there are lots of free courses available that can help you improve your skills or do more online. 

BBC Webwise - great for complete beginners

ALISON - Alison is a website which provides free online courses with certificates for basic and essential workplace skills and including Mircrosoft Office and ECDL.​


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