Skype is a free phonecall and video call service that enables the user to contact a fellow Skype user anywhere in the world with no call charges! To use Skype you need a computer, tablet or smartphone with the free software installed - or even just an ordinary phone.
We hold a regular weekly Skype meeting on each Thursday at 11am UK time which usually lasts an hour. You can listen, type comments, speak and if you have a camera we will be able to see you, but it isnt obligatory. People visiting for the first time often just sit and listen.
You can connect to this group using this Skype Group Link or by calling 0161 818 8314 (NOTE this is a UK number, normal charges apply).
For people in the US
We run a support group at 5pm UK time every Thursday for everyone in the America's to use. We recommend that you use the Timezone Converter to calculate when to connect.
This is free software provided by Microsoft. It works best if you download and install from Skype.com. Run the software and set up your own account.
Once successfully installed, if you click on the above link to join the group conversation you may then be asked for a guest ID - type in an ID, a name is best so we know what to call you!
You will then be taken to this page:
You may be able to hear the meeting, if not find the button on the top right of the group page (see red arrow above).
If you do not wish to be heard or see you can opt to just use the text chat at the bottom of the page.
Problems with background noise
Sometimes a group member is trying to participate and we find that their microphone is picking up lots of background noise. This makes listening to the group difficult as Skype will constantly be switching to the same person. In the worst cases we will switch off the members connection. If that happens to you please read the instructions below and rejoin as soon as you can.
- You should try to participate in a quiet room as background noise tends to interfere with the group members hearing each other.
- If your speaker is on too loud or too close to your microphone it can also interfere with group members hearing each other as we will all constantly hear the group conversation from your speakers as well as ours! Turn your speakers down and/or reposition them further away from your microphone if you can - facing away.
- If all else fails use a pair of headphones instead of speakers or even buy a Skype headset that has headphones and microphone placed optimally for Skype calls
Good luck and we are looking forward to meeting you there