Computers & Technology



These days we seem to be surrounded by technology of all types and getting to grips with things like smart phones, tablets, laptops, cameras and the like, can be a little confusing if not downright daunting. Stanmore, Puriri and Rangiora offer assistance in the form of scheduled Computer and Technology groups. Help is available to assist you in learning how to operate these devices. We also provide education on how to avoid problems online and with troubleshooting technical issues.

Staff may also be available to help iron out any technical difficulties you may be having on a one on one basis. You will normally need to ring and make an appointment but if it is a simple problem, we may be able to help you on the spot.

Typical examples of issues:

  • Sorting out the best cell phone plan;
  • Cell phone operation; e.g  accounts, adding contacts, sending texts;
  • Fixing minor laptop and tablet issues;
  • Basic digital camera operation, printing photos, downloading;
  • How to get the best out of your internet browser.

Computer and Group activities topics include:

  • Setting up an email account;
  • Keeping yourself safe on-line;
  • Online purchases and banking;
  • Social Media; Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.

If you would like to take advantage of these opportunities to learn more about computers and technology we are here to help.

A computer is available at both Stanmore Road and Puriri Street, which can be booked for use by members wanting to browse the internet, check their email, do word processing, or play games.

Step Ahead also has a free laptop lending library where members can borrow a laptop for home use for up to three weeks at a time.

Coming up in November at Stanmore

Thursday 21st November: Online banking

Keep up the good work, consumer driven organisations are always empowering to clients.
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Referrer , Canterbury
Step Ahead is a wonderful asset in Christchurch for people with a mental illness. You do great work!
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Family member , Christchurch
I believe if people start attending from hospital, they are more likely to engage once living in the community. Keep keeping on!
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Clinician , Christchurch
I know my sister really enjoys and looks forward to the ski day every year, and some trips/day outings . . . She also appreciates the newsletter every month, and I know that gives her a boost . . . thank you for your hard work and support.
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Family Member , Christchurch
Over the time as I see consumers grow and become more confident, I am amazed. The groups, activities and support given is well received by consumers, and family/whanau. You hold a valuable service, keep challenging.
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Referrer , Canterbury
Step Ahead has been very useful for our family member. It has given her strength and confidence to attempt things she would never have done in the past. She is meeting a lot of people with similar problems to her, and they can face new challenges together and help one another by talking about it.
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Family Member , Christchurch
I think you have a great organisation. My son has greatly benefited from all the activities he has been involved in and I’d like to thank you for the great job you are doing. May you keep going for a long time, you have really helped him in his life.
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Family member , Christchurch
Always had positive feedback from clients, very well presented and an enjoyable monthly newsletter.
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Clinician , Canterbury
Your service is excellent, keep up the good work. Being able to engage people into Step Ahead prior to discharge is very useful from our perspective, for the person, and focusses them on the community, not extending the inpatient stay.
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Clinician , Christchurch
I have nothing but praise for Step Ahead . . . The clients I have worked with regarding issues have been treated fairly, with respect and dignity.
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Clinician , Christchurch