C T N A Computer History
Started in January/February 2002 in the CTNA bookshop by a group from Churches Together to help people cope with the ever-increasing digitisation taking place.
The founding members were David Raine, James Smith, Ethel & Len Barlow and the group was led by Reverend John Parker.
BT helped with a gift of 14 old computers and with the help of John Blevins, a former BT Technician, it soon flourished with a contact list of over 60 by 2010 and a regular attendance of about 10 individuals a week
.2002 - The main activities :
The group was put together to support people into the computer age and offering:
Free technical help & advice -
* On starting to learn about computing to advancing in computer skills.
Are you new to computers and do you want help gaining confidence?
Do you need help selecting the right computer?
Setting up your new PC, router or anti-virus software to improve your internet security
Getting to know your new PC; navigating through files and folders, e-mails and general settings
Word Processing, Printing, Publishing and the basic PC tools package
Software downloads and installation
Anything else that we could help you with
Since 2010 - We continued to help as above -
We have used the former Churches Together name
(C T N A) as an expression of what the group does now, while keeping it aligned with the original vision of the group.
(Churches Together now work under the name "One Church Northallerton + Community")
C = Computers
T = Tablets and technology in
N = Northallerton helping the community to
A = Access & advance in modern technology
We now (2019) send out a weekly letter to 154 and our weekly attendance is around 10 to 15
We have on average of 1 to 2 new people a week during summer
2010 - Our vision now and future...
Our help is two-fold,
1 - Helpers - We try to help on a one-to-one basis as we have people who are retired and need an extra bit of help and reassurance.
Most of us have been through the "Learn Direct" program many years ago and we have learned even more since on our own. We feel there is no better way for people to get help than for them to try to ask and explain the difficulties which we can then help sort out and support the individual in finding the solution. Most now bring their own laptops and work on these and as a result can then duplicate the results at home and develop their own knowledge and skills.
2 - Technical - Help from our 3 technicians (who have been using computers for many years in their work) they help to sort out the more serious programming problems