Southampton scores seven from lotto
Thanet link to Cyberspace
WILTSHIRE'S WINDOW ON THE WORLD FOR THE HOUSEBOUND
Swindon project wins lottery cash for the severely disabled to get online
Being stuck at home, severely disadvantaged by disabilities, could be
depressing. But for hundreds of housebound people in Wiltshire an exciting
new challenge is imminent.
Through the Swindon-based Scamp project, volunteers will bring lap-top
computers to those suffering from motor neurone disease, cerebral palsy,
severe arthritis, multiple sclerosis, hearing and vision impairments,
agoraphobia, or the aftermath of stroke and also to amputees, or those who
have suffered road traffic accidents. This will spread computer skills and
equipment to every corner of the county.
A hundred homebound Wiltshire residents from Malmesbury to Salisbury,
Trowbridge to Chippenham, Calne and Amesbury will join the project's list of
500 clients with new funding awarded today.
The New Opportunities Fund, the largest National Lottery distributor of
good-cause cash, is awarding Scamp£22,280 in addition to the£32,000 grant
given in September 2000.
An imaginative nationwide programme from the New Opportunities Fund, called
Community Access to Lifelong Learning, will help break down the digital
divide between the computer haves and have-nots. It is awarding£100
million of National Lottery good cause money throughout the UK to local
neighbourhood computer centres offering free hands-on experience, internet
access and computer learning possibilities. The New Opportunities Fund's
programme aims to improve the quality of life particularly for disadvantaged
Stephen Dunmore, chief executive of the New Opportunities Fund, said:
'UK online centres, some of which go out to communities through outreach
services, will be joining the nation together by this massive technology
network. When projects focus on groups with disabilities or from deprived
areas, the Fund is ensuring this is an inclusive scheme: everyone will have
a chance to gain new learning opportunities and to improve their quality of
Scamp member, Francesca Stout, who has benefited from the project's computer
'I have found that getting on the internet through Scamp has changed my life
considerably. I have many friends online, many of whom have disabilities
similar to mine.'
The project was formed in 1997 and provides computers on long-term loan to
severely disabled people, aged from 19 to 90 plus, in their own homes. The
computers are connected to the internet and Scamp provides training on how
to use the technology and gives continued support. Where appropriate,
specialist hardware and software are installed to enable the client to use
the computer to the best of their ability. Some clients have their own
equipment but come to Scamp (most members are self-referred) for training
and to access and communicate with other people having similar disabilities.
SOUTHAMPTON SCORES SEVEN FROM LOTTO
Local projects win lottery cash for Hampshire communities to get online
People with disabilities and health problems, alongside carers and the
homeless, will benefit from seven projects in Southampton and one in Havant
that will bring computer skills and equipment to local Hampshire
The New Opportunities Fund, the largest national lottery distributor of
good-cause money, is awarding£374,000 to eight projects in the south
Hampshire area to spread enthusiasm and expertise on on-line opportunities
to new learners.
A recent local survey showed that 70% of Southampton's population had no
access to a computer at all, and that of the 30% that did just one in three
of those could access the internet. This led to 14 organisations making a
collaborative bid for lottery funding to provide computer technology for
local communities who want it and need it, led by Southampton City College.
The New Opportunities Fund's Community Access to Lifelong Learning programme
aims to improve the quality of life particularly for disadvantaged groups.
This project is based in the St Mary's and Bevois Town area of the city
which has a high proportion of people from ethnic minorities, has high
unemployment, and is a major placement area for asylum seekers and refugees.
It will open adult learning centres in four schools, four Gurdwaras, four
Mosques, and at the Islamic Cultural Centre for Women.
John Roath, from the Council of Southampton Gurdwaras, said: 'This award of
£68,000 is wonderful news. The community is thrilled. We can't wait to get
A day facility for people with mental health problems in Southampton is
where members of the Mind Southampton and New Forest Café Club come to
socialise and participate in art and poetry activities. A new computer
centre is being supported by the New Opportunities Fund with an award of
£17,000 to help provide club members with new skills that will build their
self esteem. Some will take a path from informal to formal qualifications
and ultimately back into the workforce. Manager Steve Sammut said: 'This
dynamic initiative will mean that we shall be able to expand in an exciting
Mr Sammut continued: 'Mind Southampton and New Forest will now offer
improved services to some of the most disadvantaged people who suffer from
mental health problems living in Southampton.'
Four further UK online centres will be set up at the Townhill Park Youth
Centre for all residents from the nearby housing estate, the No-Limits
information and advice centre at Sholing, the Hexagon centre for disabled
people, and the Ford Partnership Centre. Adults from the local social
housing estate and parents of children attending schools together with
people with visual impairments and their carers will primarily benefit from
the Solent SkillQuest project.
Chief executive Angela Wright said: 'People who have had limited access to
computers and information will learn new skills and be able to communicate
with friends and families all over the world for the cost of a local call.
They will know first hand why 'information is power' and be empowered to use
ICT as a tool to improve their own lives and opportunities.'
People with hearing impairments will be the main group at one of the ten
community-based UK online centres being set up by Havant Borough Council.
People with severe disabilities will benefit from a Southampton project at
the Sembal House centre, and the users of the cyber café at Bedford House
who suffer multiple barriers to learning will be able to start their
introduction to computers through drop-in sessions. Homeless people at the
Two Saints hostel will be offered digital photography as an interest-grabber
into the world of computers. Adults with severe and enduring medical
illness will benefit from another project being set up at Morris House.
THANET LINK TO CYBERSPACE
Local project wins lottery cash for communities to get on-line
Thanet online is opening a new world for residents of Margate, Broadstairs,
Ramsgate and the Isle of Thanet with over£100 thousand grant money from the
The New Opportunities Fund is awarding£117,000 to the Thanet online project to bring
computer skills and equipment to every corner of the Isle of Thanet using
fixed centres and a mobile unit.
Both the MIND centres in Margate and Ramsgate, and the Oasis Women's Refuge
will have computer access points to encourage users to get on-line and learn
new skills. A further dozen access points will offer a network of
workstations - in partnership with voluntary, community, and private
organisations. Local Thanet residents and small local businesses, which are
new to information and communications technology (ICT), will have access to
a network of seven new main UK online centres in the coastal towns and in
the rural area of Minster. The project, led by Thanet College, is also
providing a mobile unit to cover other rural areas.
The aim is for the people of Thanet to have fun, improve their
employment-based skills, or manage their own lives through 21st century
1 Eight projects in the Southampton/Havant area are awarded£374,000;
a project in Thanet is awarded£117,000; and a project in Swindon, covering
Wiltshire, is receiving an additional award of£22,280. The total for
England is£513,280. A project in Powys, Wales, is awarded£233,173,
making the UK total£746,453.
2 The New Opportunities Fund Community Access to Lifelong Learning
programme has awarded almost£89m to over 940 projects in the UK. It
supports projects, and UK online centres in England that also receive
capital funding from the Department for Education and Skills.
ABOUT THE NEW OPPORTUNITIES FUND
The New Opportunities Fund distributes National Lottery money to health,
education and environment projects across the UK. We support sustainable
projects that will:
* improve the quality of life of people throughout the UK;
* address the needs of those who are most disadvantaged in society;
* encourage community participation;
* complement relevant local and national strategies and programmes.
Funding for programmes is divided between England, Scotland, Northern
Ireland and Wales on the basis of population weighted to reflect levels of
NEW OPPORTUNITIES FUND ICT EDUCATION PROGRAMMES ACROSS THE UK
COMMUNITY ACCESS TO LIFELONG LEARNING -£200million (including£100m
ICT TRAINING: £230m for ICT training for teachers and school
librarians;£20m for ICT training for public library staff.
Details on www.nof-digitise.org