Community of People
Adult Learning in Harpenden

Computer Friendly
Computer Friendly is a non-profit organisation staffed with a team of unpaid friendly and experienced volunteer trainers, backed up by a helpful team. They have been delivering low cost computer training in the community since 2002, to adults who may want an alternative to more formal or commercial courses.

Their objective is to assist anyone in St Albans and District, including disadvantaged and excluded people, in gaining computer skills. These people could include the retired, unemployed or disabled from diverse groups.

They aim to support individuals who would benefit from our unique style of learning. While most learners attend training courses in public venues, we also assist those that need training in a location appropriate to their needs.

With only volunteers, they use premises in both St Albans and Harpenden to provide weekly Drop-In Centres for information, advice & guidance, and deliver 60 courses each year for beginners, as well as diverse Internet-based leisure courses. 

Harpenden U3A
U3A stands for University of the Third Age. It has been formed primarily for the benefit of retired and semi-retired folk. The First Age is childhood up to the end of formal education. The Second Age is middle age, bringing up families and following a career. The Third Age is retirement.

Harpenden U3A is one of 1,000 local groups in the UK. Nationally, around 500,000 people are in the membership. U3A has been in existence in this country since 1982. We in Harpenden are one of the first U3As to form.

One of the principles of U3A in the UK is that we should be a self-help learning organisation. Activities and special interest groups arise from the interests and needs of members and, as far as possible, are self-tutoring, drawing upon their own members' expertise and talents.

Since 1937 we have been running adult education classes in Harpenden, Hertfordshire for people looking for a stimulating leisure activity.

Our courses are one session per week, either for eleven weeks (with each session lasting 2 hours), for ten weeks (with each session lasting 1½ hours), for eight weeks (with each session lasting 2 hours), or for seven weeks (with each session lasting 2 hours). We have a break during the Hertfordshire school half term week.

We also run day courses and visits to places of interest.

Learning with the WEA is a friendly, informal and enjoyable experience. No qualifications are required to attend and there are no exams.

The WEA is the largest voluntary provider of adult education in the UK.