Computer Project

“Bridging the technology gap”

Ever thought of learning how to use a computer? Are you an expert but need some formal qualifications? Are you an eager learner who wants to develop new ICT skills and qualifications?

The Darlington Mind Computer Project is a fully accredited British Computer Society (BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT) grade “A” Green rated test centre which benefits from the provision of highly qualified staff and a state of the art ICT suite. Our aim is to create a therapeutic working environment and to offer individuals the opportunity to gain computer skills and highly recognised ICT qualifications which will give them confidence in their life and enhance their employment prospects. All courses take place in an inclusive and supportive environment and are tailor made to meet the needs of the individual.

Our dedicated team of instructors and volunteers are happy to help by giving step by step instructions, from the very basics (for those who have never even switched on a computer) to the more advanced skills (for those who are seeking qualifications, assistance into employment, or access to further education courses).

Whether you wish to achieve a qualification, or simply want to learn new skills, the Computer Project can help you to meet people and make new friends, improve your confidence and raise your self esteem.

Applications are welcome from people referred by Doctors, Community Psychiatric Nurses, Social Workers or any other health professionals. You can also self-refer too, so why not give us a call today?

If you are interested in accessing the Computer Project or would like more information, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We can then arrange for you to come and visit our training facilities.

Courses and Qualifications

ECDL (European Computer Driving Licence): Level 1 & 2:
ECDL is designed specifically for those who wish to gain a benchmark qualification in computing to enable them to develop their IT skills and enhance their career prospects. No prior knowledge of IT or computer skills is needed to study ECDL.

EDCL Advanced: Level 3:
The ECDL Advanced qualification is designed to improve computer skills from the internationally successful European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) to the next level of competence which is equivalent to an “A” level standard.

Short Courses:

Either a 6 or an 8 week training course in one of the following areas:

  • Introduction to ICT (basic mouse/keyboard skills/word processing/desktop publishing/internet and email)
  • Digital Photography (picture composure/editing techniques)
  • Computer Maintenance (building/repairing/upgrading computers)
  • Creative Media (desktop publishing – posters/leaflets/business cards)
  • Portable Devices (using mobile phones/mp3 players)
  • Computer Art & 3D Design (learn to draw/paint/create 3D images, using a computer)
  • Web Design (basic website creation)
  • Computer Essentials (computer settings, troubleshooting & good housekeeping techniques)
  • Computer Games (games creation/evolution of games throughout the ages)
  • Interview Techniques (CV creation, letter writing, job search and interview preparation)
  • Computer Animation (basic animation creation)
  • History Group (history research, & project creation)


The course is aimed at people with little or no knowledge of using the internet or email. Students work thorough the modules at their own pace to achieve a Level 1 qualification in computer Online Basics and further learning with Online Plus. The course covers modules in

Comments and Testimonials

“Thank you for your all help and support, the service you provide is excellent. The teaching is some of the best I have come across and the way you make people feel at ease and seem to be able to give people the help and support they need”

“I never thought I’d have a qualification, but thanks to all the help and support I’ve had, I do NOW! (Actually I’ve passed a few exams and want to do more!). Thanks, you’ve really boosted my confidence and I’ve also made some great friends in my class!”

“The courses I have been on have been enjoyable and relaxing. I am learning + it is helping me to be sociable and prevent me from being isolated. My mental illness makes me want to stay at home and hide from society, but because I enjoy being in this course here at Mind (as well as having additional support to help get me here) I am attending regularly, which helps me mentally + physically. I am learning new skills, which is a bonus.”