Get Online – Digital Café coming to the Folk Hall!

We are delighted to announce that Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust are partnering with Keeping Digital Foundation to launch one of their very successful Digital Cafes at the Folk Hall.

Folk Hall Digital Cafe

Where: Folk Hall, New Earswick, York

First Cafe: 16 November 2023 | 10:00am – 12:00pm

(on the third Thursday of every month)

The Digital Cafe offers dedicated face to face support from the Keeping Digital Foundation volunteers. Running every third Thursday of the Month alongside Open House, residents and users of the Folk Hall will be able to pop across for a warm drink and to ask any questions. Just bring along a device and the volunteers will help you to get online by solving problems and offering support to use services like the NHS app, iPlayer or get help setting up a phone. There will also be wider support available at the Digital Cafe and Open House for you to take advantage of.

The Digital Café will be running alongside Open House. Organised by the JRHT communities’ team, Open House is held weekly in the newly refurbished and fully accessible Discovery Room at the Folk Hall, every Thursday between 10am and 12noon. All are welcome and greeted by a friendly face. Come along for a chat, enjoy free drinks, read a newspaper and fid out what’s in the community.

There will also be access to the National Databank, offering free SIMs and data cards, to support you to get online.

This relaxed space is ideal to get friendly tech help no matter what the problem is and how long it may take.

This is the 6th Café launched by Keeping Digital Foundation and continues the fantastic work they are already doing across York. For residents in JRHT managed properties and the community outside of New Earswick there are cafes running at Tang Hall Explore Library, Sanderson House in Chapelfields, St Wulstan in Heworth, York Stadium, and at St Sampsons in the York City Centre.

This will continue the commitment from JRHT to support residents and the wider community to be digitally involved.

“We are delighted to be partnering with Keeping Digital Foundation to bring one of their Digital Cafes to New Earswick. Digital Cafes will be a great resource for residents in JRHT managed properties to get digital support in a relaxed space. Running alongside our pre-existing Open House drop in café at the New Earswick Folk Hall, residents will be able to get a warm drink and friendly support in the heart of the community. This will continue Joseph Rowntree Housing Trusts commitment to supporting our residents and the wider community to be digitally involved.”

Connor Lambert, Digital Inclusion and Information Accessibility Officer at the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust

Luke Castle, Community Coordinator at the Keeping Digital Foundation commented: “We are beyond delighted to be partnering with the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust, working alongside their amazing team to bring digital support to New Earswick. Folk Hall will become our sixth Digital Cafe running across the city of York, providing digital inclusion support to local residents at locations that are suitable to them. With large amounts of services moving online, it’s important that residents are provided an option to gain the skills they need to make the most of digital and to get connected, whether that be finding out about local Council information or getting in touch with their GP via the NHS app. Our volunteers will be available for a warm drink and a chat, and we really encourage residents to stop by and speak with them to find out more about how we can support them in getting online.”

You can find out more about the Digital Cafes here:

Folk Hall Digital Cafe | Digital Inclusion | York (

Digital Cafes | Digital Inclusion Support | York (