Feb 19

Help for people who are housebound

If you know someone who would like to get on-line but is unable to go to a class then our IT@Home service could be for them.

This is a FREE service, available in the Solihull area, for people who are housebound to enjoy getting the benefits of their laptop or Tablet computer.

Call the office to find out more. 0121 663 0335

Permanent link to this article: http://recom.org.uk/2018/02/help-people-housebound/

Oct 17

Trustee Vacancies

Each year ReCOM makes a difference to around 500 local people providing IT training to help unemployed people who are looking for work as well as helping others in the Solihull/Birmingham area gain greater independence by developing digital skills and accessing the internet.

Due to the retirement of two of our long-standing trustees, ReCOM is looking for a Treasurer and a Trustee with HR experience to join our friendly and experienced Board. Working alongside the Chair and the other Trustees, they will ensure that we have the resources to maintain and develop our services. So, this is a great opportunity to help improve the lives of people within our local community.

The Treasurer is responsible for advising the Trustees on all financial matters as well as preparation of management and statutory accounts. We are looking for someone with the relevant financial skills and experience within a small organisation who would enjoy contributing to the wider strategic development of the charity.

The HR Trustee role is to support the Board on all HR/staff related matters; including maintaining appropriate HR policies and supporting the recruitment of new staff. To be effective, this person will need to have up-to-date knowledge and experience of handling operational HR issues (ideally in a small organisation), as well as being able to contribute to wider strategic plans.

There is lots more information about our activities on the web site.

How to apply:

If you would like to know more, please contact Carol Wood (Chair) on 0121 663 0335 (office hours 9am-2pm Monday – Friday) or email info@recom.org.uk

We welcome applications from individuals who are representative of the communities we serve.

The closing date for applications is 10th November 2017.  Please note all Trustees are required to have a full enhanced DBS check before taking up their role.

Permanent link to this article: http://recom.org.uk/2017/10/become-trustee-great-local-charity-2/

Aug 31

Get On-line with Shirley Silver Surfers

Start dates for our popular courses running at Shirley Library this Autumn                           


  1. Bring your own IPad/Tablet         –  Wednesday September 13th for 6 weeks
  2. Laptop Course                             –  Tuesday September 26th for 8 weeks
  3. Bring your own IPad/Tablet          – Wednesday November 1st for 6 weeks


Email (admin@recom.org.uk) or call 0121 663 0335 to book a place or get more information.


Many thanks to Coop members who are supporting us.

Permanent link to this article: http://recom.org.uk/2017/08/get-line-shirley-silver-surfers/

Aug 28

Get Online: Save Time & Money – Another Venue

If you need to improve your IT skills so that you can do more on-line to same time and money this could be for you.


From September, we are running the following FREE sessions in Chelmsley Wood

  • Citizens Advice Centre: Tuesday morning 10-12
  • Chelmsley Wood Library Wednesday afternoon 1-3


Call us on 0121 663 0335 to find out more or make an appointment.

Permanent link to this article: http://recom.org.uk/2017/08/get-online-save-time-money/

Jul 27

Want to give your old Windows 7 laptop a good second home?!

We urgently need donations of laptops which can be refurbished and provided to people and local charities who cant afford to buy new equipment.

If you would like to donate a laptop which is in working order, in good condition and is less than 5 years old  please get in touch via email ( admin@recom.org.uk) or call Jayne on 0121 663 0335.

We will ensure that it is properly data wiped and that it goes to a good home.

Thank you.



Permanent link to this article: http://recom.org.uk/2017/07/want-give-old-windows-7-laptop-good-second-home/

Apr 26

Thank you to the Co-op’s Local Community Fund

Great news – Shirley Silver Surfer activities have been chosen as a Local Cause  for Co-op members to support!

This year ReCOM is running classes to help people get on-line with their laptops and Tablet computers. The classes run at Shirley Library on a Tuesday and Wednesday morning. Being on-line is especially helpful to older people – helping them keep in touch with friends and family, keeping brains active, finding out what’s going on, getting a good deal on prices and much more!

Co-op members can add their support by logging into their account and backing this cause.

We are very pleased to be part of this long standing tradition of community support. Thank you.

Permanent link to this article: http://recom.org.uk/2017/04/thank-co-ops-local-community-fund/

Apr 03

Get On-line – Save Time & Money starts this week!

Our brand new project starts on Wednesday April 5th . Tell your friends about it!

Permanent link to this article: http://recom.org.uk/2017/04/get-on-line-save-time-money-starts-this-week/

Mar 13

Windows 10 now available

All of our desktops and laptops now come with the  Windows10 and Microsoft Office 2010 which are provided through our membership of Microsoft’s Authorised Refurbisher Scheme. Take a look at our application forms listed under low cost computers and apply today.

Permanent link to this article: http://recom.org.uk/2017/03/choice-of-operating-system/

Mar 02

New project – funding received from Comic Relief!

Thanks to Comic Relief and Heart of England Community Foundation, ReCOM is launching a new project this Spring based at the Citizens Advice centre in Chelmsley Wood.   Called ‘Access IT – Save Time & Money’, its aim is to improve basic IT skills to help local residents:

  • gain economic benefits from being online (e.g. cheaper fuel, comparative shopping)
  • access on-line services and support (e.g. Money Advice sites, applying for school places)
  • manage their own affairs (e.g. creating budget spread sheets)

We’ll be offering FREE training and support tailored to individuals’ needs. It will be relevant to the theme of enabling people to save time and money e.g.

  • Learning how to complete on-line forms
  • Finding out how to do internet searches ( eg compare prices and get the best deal)
  • Setting up an email account and using it to manage services on line (eg utilities)

  • Getting to grips with spread sheets to manage spending and saving
  • Raising awareness of Freecycle, buying and selling on eBAY etc.

If you would like to know more please call us on 0121 663 0335.

Permanent link to this article: http://recom.org.uk/2017/03/new-project-funding-received-comic-relief/

Mar 01

Become a Trustee for a great local charity!

We are looking for an additional Trustee who is enthusiastic about what ReCOM does and would like to give their time and expertise to help us set our strategies, monitor our performance and ensure our charity continues to thrive.

If you have experience you’d like to put to good use, please email info@recom.org.uk for more information. Alternatively call the Chair, Carol Wood on 0121 663 0335 (during office hours 9.00am – 2.00pm Monday – Thursday). The details are also on Do-It. The first step will be an informal discussion with one of the Trustees. All Trustees are required to have a full enhanced DBS check.

Permanent link to this article: http://recom.org.uk/2017/03/become-trustee-great-local-charity/

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