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LOTTERY CASH GETS DERBY, MANCUNIAN, YORKSHIRE & HUMBERSIDE COMMUNITIES BETTER CONNECTED

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A new neighbourhood computer centre is boosted by over£74,000 of ...
A new neighbourhood computer centre is boosted by over£74,000 of

lottery money today. Local communities in Osmaston, Derby, will have better

provision to get connected to the internet. The New Opportunities Fund, a

National Lottery good cause distributor, is granting lifelong learning

awards for adults to catch up with 21st century technology.

The major community learning centre at the Rolls-Royce main works site on

Nightingale Road in Derby will give local residents the much-needed access

to hands-on learning.

The project aims to provide high quality learning opportunities in an area

in which 50 per cent of the residents have no formal qualifications. The

centre, that will open this autumn, will have a strong community focus and

will also welcome Rolls-Royce employees, their families and friends.

Stephen Dunmore, chief executive of the New Opportunities Fund, said: 'Our

projects aim to tackle disadvantage and improve the quality of life by

bringing opportunities for learning new 21st century skills to local

communities. Free computer access and fun-focused introductory sessions

break down barriers and open up new horizons to those who need them most

because they would not get such chances elsewhere. Lottery money from the

Fund is helping to wipe out the digital divide and narrow the gulf between

the computer haves and have nots.'

Rolls-Royce is the lead organisation for the project group that includes

Derby College, the Workers' Education Association, and Derby City Council

adult learning service. These are supported by the Learning Champions of

Derbyshire and St Bartholomew's Community Initiative.

The company's director of human resources, John Rivers, said: 'This is an

exciting, collaborative programme that will make a significant contribution

to the well-being of our local community in Derby. We recognise that

learning is key to people realising their potential and Rolls-Royce is

delighted to be a partner in a project which will give state-of-the-art

learning facilities to local residents, company employees, their families

and friends.'

NOTES

1 The Rolls-Royce grant is£74,180. The UK total for this programme

being announced across the country today is£2,554,702. The New

Opportunities Fund programme - Community Access to Lifelong Learning - is

using£100 million UK wide to supports projects and UK online centres that

in England also receive capital funding from the Department for Education

and Skills.

2 The New Opportunities Fund distributes National Lottery money to

health, education and environment projects across the UK, addressing the

needs of those who are most disadvantaged in society.

MANCUNIAN COMMUNITIES GET BETTER CONNECTED

£250,000 lottery cash boosts computer technology in Manchester

Better provision for local communities to get connected to the

internet through a dozen neighbourhood computer centres in Manchester has

been boosted with over a£ -+ million of lottery money. The New

Opportunities Fund, a National Lottery distributor, is granting a lifelong

learning award of£250,136 to provide the people of Manchester with free

access to 21st century technology.

A dozen local centres in community centres and local libraries will

give residents much-needed access to hands-on learning. The centres will

target different disadvantaged groups such as the unemployed, people with

special needs, excluded young people, lone parents, ethnic minorities, and

those aged over 55 years who are not following any learning course.

Stephen Dunmore, chief executive of the New Opportunities Fund,

said: 'Our projects aim to tackle disadvantage and improve the quality of

life by bringing opportunities for learning new 21st century skills to local

communities. Free computer access and fun introductory sessions break down

barriers and open up horizons to those who need them most because they would

not get such chances elsewhere. Lottery money from the Fund is helping to

wipe out the digital divide and narrow the gulf between the computer haves

and have nots in Manchester.'

The Manchester Adult Education service is working with Toucan

Europe, Training Wise, and the city's library service to bring learning to

local communities. Lis Phelan, Manchester's Director of Libraries and

Theatres, said: 'We welcome this funding which will enable us to provide

courses targeted at specific communities. We already provide over 500

personal computers for public use in libraries, through the People's

Network, and we know how important it is to provide the necessary training

and support.'

COMMUNITIES GET BETTER CONNECTED IN YORKSHIRE AND HUMBERSIDE

Over£130K lottery cash for computer technology projects

Better provision for local communities to get connected to the internet

through neighbourhood computer centres is boosted by over£130,000 of

lottery money in Yorkshire and Humberside today. The New Opportunities

Fund, a National Lottery distributor, is granting additional lifelong

learning awards for adults to catch up with 21st century technology.

Local winners are Bradford, Calderdale, Sheffield and Leeds. Residents

there who need access to hands-on learning of information and communications

technology (ICT) now receive a boost from today's National Lottery grants

that will beef up seven local projects.

Stephen Dunmore, chief executive of the New Opportunities Fund, said: 'Our

projects aim to tackle disadvantage and improve the quality of life by

bringing opportunities for learning new 21st century skills to local

communities. Free computer access and fun introductory sessions break down

barriers and open up new horizons to those who need them most because they

would not get such chances elsewhere. Lottery money from the Fund is

helping to wipe out the digital divide and narrow the gulf between the

computer haves and have nots.'

Older people across Leeds will be learning computer skills and finding out

how to surf the net in an innovative project run by Age Concern. As well as

getting on-line, the Leeds Silver Surfers will also get a chance to learn

basic computer skills, with classes on a variety of subjects such as making

greeting cards, computer photo albums, and even how to email pictures to

family and friends.

The project will be based around a learning suite in Age Concern's Woodhouse

Lane centre, followed by four further learning suites in neighbourhood

networks in outlying districts of Leeds.

Lilian Rhodes, aged 84, said: 'I am really looking forward to joining the

Silver Surfers. I never thought computers would interest me but I was

surprised to find out how many different things you can do. I didn't want

to get left behind by my grandchildren and soon I hope I will be able to use

a computer as well as them.'

ICT support worker, Andrew Pickard, explained: 'The Leeds Silver Surfers

offers a wonderful opportunity for all the older people of Leeds to find out

just what new technology can offer them. Everyone has the right to carry on

learning, whatever their age or background, and we want to ensure these

excellent opportunities can be shared by older people from a wider

cross-section of communities by showing people that computers can be fun.'

Asian and Eastern European groups will particularly benefit from another

project run by Age Concern Calderdale. Volunteers will work with providers

of residential care and sheltered accommodation.

Bradford Community Broadcasting is training and supporting disabled people

from across the city in community radio skills, including technical,

journalistic, and communication know-how. Participants with physical

disabilities and learning difficulties will have the opportunity to apply

ICT skills learned in the practical application of programme making at the

Whetley Hill Centre, Manningham. Project Director, Mary Dowson, said: 'As

a community radio station our aim is to include as many people as possible

in our broadcast, giving voice to communities across the city.'

Another Bradford project will set up ICT centres in Odsal, Wyke and Great

Horton. Odsal Residents Association is leading a group of organisations to

set up five centres to target local residents across all age-ranges, from

the young unemployed to the elderly housebound. Ada Morton, a pensioner at

the Salvation Army Citadel at Wibsey, said: 'This is a marvellous

opportunity for those wanting to learn how to keep up with modernisation

ensuring pensioners are not left behind. I am finding the course very

exciting and interesting. Tuition from various instructors is excellent.

They explain clearly and are patient.'

Challenge College is the drop-in centre for people in Manningham, Bradford

who have an eye to trying out computers for the first time. Informal

introductory sessions will lead to a wide range of courses. This project is

offering a laptop loan option and will link to four smaller satellite

centres in two primary schools, the Tradeforce building, and the Cancer

Support Centre. CALTEC, scheme leaders, will work 'hand in hand with the

community to provide free accessible ICT training and internet access,' said

coordinator Patsy Cummins.

Two projects in Sheffield will help vulnerable families and unemployed

people, lone parents and adults with few or no qualifications. Gleadless

Valley Community Forum and the Heart of Arbourthorne project are both linked

to Sheffield College.

OTHER NEW OPPORTUNITIES FUND ICT EDUCATION PROGRAMMES ACROSS THE UK include:

£230 million for ICT training for teachers and school librarians;£20

million for ICT training for public library staff; and£50 million for the

NOF-DIGITISE programme. A range of 150 national, regional and local

organisations are now developing a rich and imaginative range of electronic

learning materials and information reflecting cultural heritage and

community wealth and diversity UK-wide, which will support lifelong

learning.

Projects in YORKSHIRE & HUMBERSIDE jointly funded by the New Opportunities

Fund and the Department for Education and Skills with additional

Lead organisation Area Summary of project£ award

CALTEC Bradford Additional funding of£18,710 is added to the

original grant from the Fund of£20,000

CALTEC, in association with the new Challenge College and other partners in

the Manningham area are planning a project to develop a new community

information and communications technology centre at Chellenge School with

four smaller satellite centres in the community, based at two primary

schools, the Tradeforce building and the Cancer Support Centre. Ethnic

minority groups and those experiencing extreme social deprivation and

disadvantage£18,710

Odsal Residents Association Bradford Additional funding of

£12,865 is added to the original grant from the Fund of£25,000

A community network of five information and communications technology (ICT)

learning centres is involving the Salvation Army, the Wibsey Working Men's

Club, Wyke Community Centre, Bradford Study support network, South Bradford

community network, Bradford College, and Computing Bradford. With

additional funding, facilities for up to 1,000 additional local residents

will be attracted to a local centre for their first experience of a hands-on

session on a computer. Advice will also be available on further education,

employment and health issues. Target groups include older people,

unemployed males, lone parents and people from ethnic minorities.

£12,865

Age Concern Calderdale Calderdale Additional funding of£15,000 is

added to the original grant from the Fund of£10,000

An extra 100 people over the next couple of years will now be able to

benefit from this scheme that offers older people a chance to try out

information and communications technology. Age Concern Calderdale will work

with providers of residential care and sheltered accommodation by training

on-site staff and volunteer tutors to facilitate group and individual

sessions with computers. Sessional volunteers with appropriate skills will

workwith Asian and Eastern European groups.£15,000

Age Concern Leeds Leeds Additional funding of£18,215 is added to

the original grant from the Fund of£24,245 Those aged

over 60 years, living in deprived wards in Leeds, are the target group for

this project in which numbers to benefit will be doubled by this injection

of extra funds. Email and internet access are some of the information and

communications (ICT) skills that can enrich the lives of those who are often

socially isolated, suffer from disabilities or long term illness.

£18,215

Sheffield College (Gleadless Valley Community Forum Project) Sheffield

Additional funding of£25,000 is added to the original grant from the Fund

of£25,000 Vulnerable families together with older

learners and adult groups such as lunch clubs, women's groups,

parent-and-toddler groups will be offered a first learning experience on

information and communications technology (ICT) equipment at three local

centres in Gleadless Valley. The number of beneficiaries will double as

laptops are used in workshops in centres for adults in local primary

schools, sheltered housing blocks, and residential homes.£25,000

Sheffield College (Heart of Arbournthorne Project) Arbourthorne,

Sheffield Additional funding of£25,000 is added to the original grant

from the Fund of£24,961 A community-based

information and communications technology (ICT) learning centre is being set

up at the Phoenix centre for estate residents, including unemployed people,

lone parents, and adults with few or no qualifications. The new money will

enable the project to benefit a further 300 people and will bolster the area

regeneration plan with Arbourthorne having pioneer status. The project lies

at the heart of a very disadvantaged area.£25,000

Bradford Community Broadcasting Bradford Additional funding of

£20,000 is added to the original grant from the Fund of£20,000

This local community radio station in Bradford is providing training and

broadcasting opportunities for local communities. Radio production and

broadcasting give the practical application for information and

communications technology (ICT) skills. New money will double the number of

beneficiaries of the scheme so that 200 people from target groups (long-term

unemployed people, disaffected youngsters, disadvantaged members of the

ethnic community, and those with a disability) will have their chance to

learn about computers and what they can do through hands-on experience.

£20,000

Fri 3 May 2002 Total additional grants for projects in Yorks &

Humberside£134,790

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