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UK Online Learning Centre

UK Online is a government initiative to enable people to gain access to computers and Information Technology to enable them to become more informed and more able to function in an increasingly technological society.

Sidings UK Online Learning Centre currently offers a range of free courses and flexible open learning sessions, ranging from complete beginner level up to more specific courses – e.g. digital photography, excel & spreadsheets, setting up a website, power-point presentations, etc. We also offer courses to enable people to get the most out of their mobile devices and social media.

The UK Online centre is led by a trained teacher, Geoff Stilwell, who is supported by a team of dedicated and friendly volunteers who can offer extra one to one support where needed. Learning is in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Learning can be at a flexible pace or follow a more structured approach in courses. The centre also benefits from additional Camden’s ACL tutors, who offer a range of courses during the term-time.

Computing: Your Choice!

These are flexible, open learning sessions which allow anyone from the absolute beginner to the experienced, independent user to access the computers and achieve their potential, developing skills useful for life, employment or for personal use. This also teaches people how to access the internet for online services. Come and enjoy learning about and using computers in an informal, friendly, environment. Work at your own pace. We offer both evening and daytime sessions.

Tues 7pm – 9pm, Thurs 10am-1pm (for Over 50’s), Thurs 1pm – 3pm & Fri 10am – 12pm.

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Sidings Technology @t Room Temperature

St@rt (Computing for Beginners)

St@rt stands for “Sidings Technology @t Room Temperature”. It is a structured but informal course for the absolute beginner. It aims to provide the novice with enough of the basics of using computers that they can feel confident with simple word processing and using the Internet. Those completing the course receive a St@rt Certificate celebrating the achievement of the first milestone on the road to Computer Literacy. People can purchase our St@rt learning booklet and other course materials for a small fee.


We offer a programme of short and long term courses throughout the year, during term-time. These are delivered by our own staff, Camden ACL tutors, Working Mens College and Westminster Kingsway College. Courses can range from beginner level to those wanting to develop ICT skills for personal development – eg create your own website, buying and selling online, Photoshop Elements, social media, power-point presentations, excel, word-processing and preparation for the accredited ECDL qualification. See our Spring 2017 Uk Online programme for details of current term’s courses.

Resources & Faciltiies


Our dedicated Computer Training Room has space for up to twelve people. We give access and instruction on Desktop and Laptop computers, Scanner and Digital Camera, with output on quality Monochrome and Colour Laser Printers. Teaching is aided and enhanced with the use of an interactive whiteboard. Shared teaching is assisted by our digital whiteboard. The centre facilities are accessible and can be accessed by people with physical disabilities.


We currently have the full Microsoft Office 2007 Suite including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and Publisher plus the excellent Free Open Office suite of applications which provide compatibility with Microsoft Office. We have Adobe Photoshop Elements 7 for Digital Imaging. Internet access is using Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox browsers .

Email is possible through an Internet mail service like Yahoo, GMail or Hotmail or you may be able to access your personal mail if your ISP provides a webmail service. If you are experienced in Web Authoring we have Macromedia’s Dreamweaver MX and the Free NVu web authoring software. We also have simple typing tutor applications you can use to practice your keyboard skills.

Volunteer ICT team

There are many opportunities for people to volunteer within the UK Online Training Centre at Sidings.

  • Peer Support: if you have ICT skills we can use you to help beginners and improvers which often leads to you learning more yourself.
  • Admin Help: sometimes there are simpler but equally important tasks, like a bit of filing or photocopying.
  • Training to up-skill: volunteers can take advantage of training courses helping them to learn new skills or enhance and update those they already have.

If you have time and would like to help others please get in touch with Geoff by using the form below or phone: 020 7372 0242 for more details.

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