Free Course on digital for charities

You may know a lot, a little, or nothing at all about digital. 

Our sessions will strike a lovely balance of fun and information.  You will leave with skills that could change your life.

John Reynolds is a Sony award winning broadcaster and presenter with years of online marketing experience working with most of the biggest brands in the UK.  Take a look at his website here.  He is also a qualified electrician so if you want to know how to wire a plug…. 

Maybe we should do a course on that?

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The basics of email

Email in business

E-mail is a fast and convenient way to communicate on the Internet.   You will learn about the different types of email and why free accounts are not always the best bet.

By the end of this course you will know to get an email address to call your own and know how to use it safely.

What better way is there to stay in touch!

Who is this course for? Anyone

What does your business email address say about you?  Actually quite a lot and not always in a good way.  Customers are a lot savvier these days and can be put off calling your business by something as simple as an email address.

This course will show you why this is an issue and how to solve the problem plus how to make better use of your email marketing.

 It’s the little things that can make the biggest difference in business. 

Who is this course for? Business – Public Sector – Charity

What do Marketing Ninja or Brand Warrior mean to you?


If you said Linked In you would be right and chances are you might recall when Linked In was more than just a place for self promotion. 

Social media is a great tool for business if you know how to use it.  What does telling potential customers that your building looks really nice in the sunshine say about your business.  I actually saw that last week and it was put out by the marketing department!

This course will look at how to get the best from social media and also, if you must, choose the right guru to help you in marketing your business.

Who is this course for? Business – Public Sector – Charity

If you are selling a product or a service the most important question all customers will ask you is.  Can I trust you?

Add video to your website and social media and you begin to answer that question for them.

Video marketing will get you found online faster than anything else, but you have to get it right.  This course will show you how to do it the right way using nothing more than the smart phone in your pocket.

Who is this course for? Business – Public Sector – Charity



Communicating with friends and family

No it didn’t radio just reinvented itself, it’s called podcasting and it’s all the rage!  As of April 2019 there were over 700,000 shows and over 29 million episodes, but enough of the stats. 

Podcasting is simple to do and fun and if you are good at story telling you are well on the way,  better yet work on your show with some friends.  

This course is a great way to get you started.

Who knows your story could be a series on Netflix or national Radio!

Who is this course for? AnyoneBusiness – Public Sector – Charity

Ever heard of Skype and Facetime?  Two ways to see and talk your friends and family no matter where in the world they are.

By the end of this course you will know how to set up and use Skype and Facetime and impress just about everyone you know.

Who is this course for? Anyone

Let’s make a website (beginners)

Let’s make a website (advanced )

If you have a business or are looking to start one a website is a must.   

Could be you are a charity and are paying more than you should to maintain your website.  If you are applying for funding your website is the first place people will look –  a  good website is a must .

Building websites is not a difficult as you think.

By the end of this course you will have the skills required to build a basic website

Who is this course for? AnyoneBusiness – Public Sector – Charity

This extends the learning in the beginner’s course where you will learn how and what tools to use to enhance your beginner’s website and make it something that pop’s!

Join this course and you will gain more skills to expand your website

Who is this course for? AnyoneBusiness – Public Sector – Charity


Three reasons why you need to take this course

  1. People love watching videos
  2. Fundraising.  Why tell them when you can show them how great you are?
  3. Search engines love video

Video marketing is currently taking the digital world by storm. Online videos are quickly becoming the largest and most effective tool for displaying information and entertaining content.

If you are a charity a business or just the kind of person that wants to learn something new take this course.  Who knows where it might lead.  All you need to get started is a smartphone.

If you want to find out more about why you should take this course take a look here

Who is this course for? AnyoneBusiness – Public Sector – Charity

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Already have a website

Internet Marketing

Chances are that if you do it’s for your business.

  1. When was the last time you looked at it? 
  2. When was the last time you updated it?
  3. When was the last time it got you any business?

They used to say “build it and they will come”, they lied!  So if you want to learn how to make the most of your website and get it generating leads this is the course for you. 

A website is your shop window so you will learn how to make it so inviting people will be kicking the door down to get in!

Who is this course for? Business – Public Sector – Charity

“I get all of my business through word of mouth.”  You probably know people that say that.  You might even have said it yourself.

You know that’s not true.  If I recommend a business to you chances are the first thing you will do is a search on Google for that business, other search engines are available.  Today a recommendation is only the start of the journey it’s how you support those first steps that are important.

Want to learn about the tools that are available for free and how to fine tune your website so yours is the business of choice.

This is the course for you.

Who is this course for? Business – Public Sector – Charity

Are you a training company or want to be one?


Because of the rise in online learning for many businesses classroom learning has gone the way of the Dodo and it’s easy to see why.  According to the Taring Zone Report 2019.

Video learning, LMS and mobile learning are the top three technologies being used by L&D professionals today. Video learning is the most widely adopted L&D tool with 64% of respondents using it already. This is followed by 60% using LMS and 41% using mobile learning.

It has also opened up this area to anyone with skills of value to share with others. 

This course will show you how to create video learning that works.  How to use an LMS system and how to use mobile learning in the workplace which we have already successfully done for the NHS the aviation industry and customer service.

It you want to do offer online learning as an individuals or business this is will be the course for you.  If you know something about this already this is NOT Moodle for very good reasons. 

Who is this course for? Business – Public Sector – Charity

Social media has its place but if you want local involvement it’s hard to beat local radio and TV.   Just look at how many online companies are advertising on TV and radio; says it all really.

Media training is essential for spokespeople to prepare them for media interviews, to ensure: the delivery of key messages, preservation of an organisation’s reputation and avoidance of common pitfalls.

Practical radio & TV interviews lie at the heart of this course and we use relevant industry scenarios to make the training ‘as real as it gets’ for delegates.

Who is this course for? Business – Public Sector – Charity

Special Offer

If you need a website a video or any of the above services but don’t have the time to take a course panic not.

We can do it all for you with the costs going to support the activities and work we provide here at the Acorn Centre.  Just let us know what you need using the comment box below.


Please select the workshops you would be interested in attending. 
Places are limited to ten people per course and all courses will be a mixture of workshops at the Acorn Centre and online learning. 

We want you to enjoy the experience so please tell us what time of day you would prefer. The courses will be a series of modules please tell us the duration of the modules that would work for you. (use the dropdown boxes below)

When we get enough people for each course we will send you further details which is why you need to add an email address below.

If you have any questions or suggestions please use the comments box.

We have ample free parking, tea and coffee on hand and we can even provide a crèche if enough people request it.

What time of day would suit you?
How long should each module be?
Please let us know if there is a course that you would like that we have not listed here and we will see if we can make it happen.

If you have the skills to run a workshop we would also love to hear from you.