Pop in to visit Google Digital Garage for free in-person training


Whether you want to grow your confidence, career, or business Google Digital Garage can provide free training and tools to help you. Visit us today at Unit 48, The Bridges Shopping Centre (Market Square entrance). 

Opening Hours:
Monday: 9:00am – 5:30pm
Tuesday: 9:00am – 5:30pm
Wednesday: 9:00am – 5:30pm

Thursday: 9:00am – 8:00pm
Friday: 9:00am – 5.30pm
Saturday: 9:00am – 5:30pm
Sunday: 11:00am – 5:00pm

Special events

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM BST, 05th September 2019 -  An Introduction To Design-Thinking


About this event

The session will be informal, fast-paced and with a focus on actively doing. This will in turn give you tips and tricks you can take away and use within your organisation.

Agenda: Introductions Empathy - User research & Personas Ideation - Make It Pop Game Prototyping - Role-Play - Q&A

Your Host will be Cameron Shaw from CS Creative Consulting We look forward to seeing you at the Google Digital Garage.


2:30 PM – 3:30 PM BST, 07th September 2019 -  A Journey into Self Publishing


About this event

An author talk with Sarah L Campbell, a self published Children's and Young Adult Author. Have you always wanted to be a writer but not sure how to get started? Or maybe you've already written a novel but are not sure where to go next.

Sarah L Campbell will share her own experiences with you of why she chose self publishing over trying to get traditionally published and how it works. She will also be sharing how she approached writing her very first novel. There will be also time for you to ask questions.


9:30 AM – 3:00 PM BST, 11th September 2019 -  Google Digital Training & CRT Funding Workshop


About this event

The Coalfields Regeneration Trust (CRT) has partnered with Google Digital Garage in Sunderland to arrange free training around digital marketing and writing for social media and we will be delivering a workshop to explain how to apply for funding from the Trust and how to access the practical support programme. The day is aimed at charities, voluntary/community groups and not-for profit organisations. More info


5:45 PM – 7:15 PM BST, 12th September 2019 -  Warrior Women - Time to release your power and uniqueness


About this event

Have you hit a crossroads? Do you feel you are not succeeding in some (or many) areas of your life? Would you like to gain better insight into yourself and to develop the tools to thrive and succeed in times of difficulty? Then join this engaging and high energy introductory workshop to help start you on the journey towards finding your uniqueness and becoming more warrior.

Annie Ivanova is your trainer, her purpose is to transform and enhance peoples lives to thrive in times of difficulty. She was founder of Pink Moods a platform with online tools for women with stress at work and also now has just launched her new project 'Challenge your Mindset' which is a training and coaching business for developing successful minds.


9:45 AM – 3:30 PM BST, 20th September 2019 -  Social Media and Marketing Workshop for Charities


About this event

In partnership with the Good Things Foundation, Google Garage will be offering marketing and social media support to charities across the North East.

The Virgin Money Foundation are delighted to host this popular workshop for local charities. The day will be split into three sessions:

- Get started with Digital Marketing
- Social Media Strategy
- Writing for Social Media

More info



9:00 AM – 12:00 PM BST, 24th September 2019 -  Mak'em Smile Ambassador Training


About this event

Want to know everything that is going on in Sunderland? All the details about National Vegetarian Week coming in May? Or perhaps our plans for the Food & Drink Festival in June?

The Sunderland Mak’em Smile Ambassador Scheme is aimed at people working in hotels, pubs, restaurants, taxis, shops, customer service or anyone who is passionate about Sunderland and would like to ensure visitors to the city receive a friendly Mackem welcome.

The 2 hour training course will provide participants with key information about Sunderland including; where to eat, things to do, events, transformation and history etc.


3:00 PM – 4:30 PM BST, 04th October 2019 -  Intro to UX: Building Design Workshops


About this event

Join us at 3:00pm on Friday 04th October 2019 at Google Digital Garage Sunderland for a special session with Googler Annalisa Swank, who will be sharing best practice and insights on the principles of UX and how to build a design workshop.

During this introductory session, we’ll explore the role of UX design and the importance of creating products that are intuitive, delightful, and fit user needs. We’ll focus on design workshops, and how to craft exercises that prompt engagement and new ways of thinking.

What will you learn?
- How to approach building products for users
- UX exercises for design workshops

How long is it? 90 min

Who is it for? Anyone interested in learning more about UX Design

More info


6:30 PM – 7:40 PM BST, 10th October 2019 -  Mindfulness for Small Business Owners


About this event

To ensure the success of your business can mean putting in the extra hours. But consistent long hours and managing an excessive workload can take its toll on your physical and mental health, with the potential to negatively affect business performance.This event is designed to introduce you to the tools by which you can manage your own mental and emotional wellbeing.

Mindfulness Practice provides a safe and effective method of learning how to create clamness and presence in one's life, thus giving access to new and more wholesome perspectives which can be taken into the running of your business.


3:30 PM – 4:30 PM BST, 11th October 2019 -  Get Started with Machine Learning


About this event

Join us at 3:30pm on Friday 11th October 2019 at Google Digital Garage Sunderland for a special session with Googler Anna-Chiara Bellini, for an introductory session about Machine Learning and its uses in the real world.

In this introductory session, you will explore machine learning and discover how to get started using machine learning at your business or for another purpose.

What will you learn?
- How to define machine learning
- Discover uses for machine learning in the real world
- Understand how machines learn
- Identify ways to use machine learning to solve a problem or overcome a challenge

How long is it? 60 min

Who is it for? Anyone who has a general interest in machine learning or is curious about how machine learning can improve their business processes and help them become more profitable.

Please note that this workshop will be recorded for training and quality purposes. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at team@thedigitalgarage.co.uk
More info


11:00 AM – 1:00 PM BST, 12th October 2019 -  Bloggers Networking Session


About this event

A blogging session hosted by bloggers for bloggers and those interested in getting started. 

Come and hear from experienced bloggers sharing their journey, website, platforms and lessons learned. Network, share your blog and aspirations with the group, and connect in open table discussions. More info


10:00 AM – 5:30 PM BST, 18th October 2019 -  Get Online Day with Google


About this event

We can help you super power your job search!

Come along to boost your job hunt, write your CV and cover letter and learn how to make employers notice you at our FREE online skills day.

We're borrowing Brad from the Google Digital Garage in Sunderland to share his amazing online skills with us. He'll show you:

- how to create a compelling CV
- how to write a cover letter so you stand out from the rest
- how to improve your self-promotion skills and make the most of what is great about you

Social media and digital skills

We're also inviting Victoria from greentreeonline for one to one sessions throughout the day. She will help demystify all things computers and internet, and help you with email, spreadsheets and social media to make your job hunt or new business go smoothly online.

Our event is completely FREE for you to attend thanks to The Good Things Foundation. More info


Free training, for everyone.

With short courses on getting started online, learning to code or starting your own business, our free training can help you achieve your goal. Browse our full course list for more information.

Partner with us

Do you have a community or team that you think would benefit from our workshops? We offer free training to your team or community in the Garage (or at a venue nearby). Request a trainer to deliver at your event, for free.

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About Google Digital Garage

Started in 2015, Google Digital Garage is a Grow with Google programme that provides free training and tools to help grow your career or business in the UK. 

Since 2015, the Google Digital Garage has visited more than 500 locations across the UK, and trained more than 300,000 people. All training under Google Digital Garage is free to attend and absolutely everyone is welcome.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Everyone. Gain today's most in-demand skills, whether you're growing your business, starting a career, or just want to try something new. We’ve got a range of courses and over 40 hours of learning available to help take you where you need to go. If you’re keen to come and learn, we’re keen to meet you! 

Not a penny. Everything available from the Google Digital Garage is absolutely free, with no strings attached.

Digital skills help us make the most of life, whether it’s getting the career you want, or being confident online. No-one should be held back because they don’t have the digital skills they need.

With thanks to our partners

Good Things Foundation
Foundation of Light