Future proofing initiative coming to Whanganui first

Digital Banking classes begin July 2019 Whanganui residents, wanting to get on board for a future that includes more digital opportunities, will be the first in the country able to access a new mobile learning centre with online banking training. From next Monday, free classes are being offered to Whanganui residents on DORA, a converted ... Read more

2017-2018 Stepping UP Report

Stepping UP has had a very successful year in many different ways.  We’ve received a lot of positive feedback from delivery partners, trainers and participants and we’ve heard outcomes that continue to cement our belief that free digital skills training should available in every city, town and small community in New Zealand. The Digital Inclusion ... Read more

North Harbour now has a Spark Jump provider

Thanks to the team at North Harbour Budgeting Services Inc. (NHBSI), families living in and around North Harbour, now have access to the Spark Foundations’ Spark Jump service. NHBSI Manager, Barbara Cameron, is really pleased to be able to offer Spark Jump to her clients and says it’s a perfect fit for the organisation.  “We ... Read more

Determination creates results in Kaiapoi

The 2010 and 2011 Christchurch earthquakes devastated the township of Kaiapoi.  Their buildings and infrastructure took a huge hit and during the past 7 years the community has worked incredibly hard to bring the town back to its former glory. One re-build in particular which has been a resounding success is the library, and proudly the ... Read more

Nine new venues coming soon to your region…

2017 is promising to be an exciting year as digital knowledge, devices and connection will be even more accessible to New Zealand communities. Nine new libraries are planning to become delivery partners with 20/20 Trust and host our Stepping UP programme. All their staff are highly aware of the need to help their library users; people from all walks and stages of life come to them daily needing digital literacy help. ... Read more

Blenheim celebrates their Adult Learners and Librarians

Marlborough District Libraries, in conjunction with REAP Marlborough, recognised the hard work and determination of some of their Stepping UP learners in early September, 2016. The event marked Adult Learners Week (a UNESCO initiative and supported by the Tertiary Education Commission and Adult Community Education), with a certificate ceremony attended by Blenheim Mayor, Alistair Sowman, who presented the awards ... Read more

Computer classes designed just for you!…

The number of libraries that are offering the Stepping UP programme throughout New Zealand is increasing each month, and in turn the number of people who are learning new digital skills is also on the rise. Perhaps you’re someone who is wary of computers but know you need some basic skills to get by?  Maybe you haven’t ... Read more

Kapiti Coast District Libraries ‘UP’ with the programme…

In 2014 Kapiti Coast District Libraries (KCDL) established a Digital Services Team.  One of their goals was to establish a Learning Centre at Paraparaumu Library to help increase digital literacy in their community.  Achieving this goal by 2015, KCDL then approached the Stepping UP programme following positive discussions with existing Stepping UP partner Hutt City Libraries. KCDL Digital ... Read more

Waipawa Library hits the headlines

The dedicated team at Waipawa Library hit the local spotlight in December 2015 via the Central Hawkes Bay Mail.  Library Manager, Sue Fargher, and her team Louise Horrocks and Ana Deckard continue to show their initiative around Stepping UP, not only by media promotion but by offering extra modules that pertain the needs of their ... Read more

Map of NZ showing Stepping UP locations

2015 Stepping UP programme sees substantial growth

Stepping UP has seen many more libraries and community training centres (CTCs) come on board in 2015.  Venues in Kaitaia, Kerikeri, Rotorua, Waipawa, Masterton, Foxton, Palmerston North, Buller and elsewhere embraced the purpose of Stepping UP – to provide our communities with freedom of choice in what, where and when they learn computer skills. ... Read more