Get onboard get online as mobile IT bus rolls into town
Published by lpriest for Progress Housing Group in Communities and also in Housing
Lancashire residents are invited to get online for free and brush up on their web skills as a mobile IT bus rolls into communities over half term.
The double-decker bus will be equipped with computers and mobile wi-fi, providing free internet access and training in communities across South Ribble and theFyldeCoast.
The bus will visit all Progress Housing Group communities throughout the week with a team of digital champions on board to offer support and training.
Senior Community Involvement manager for Progress Housing Group, Kate Henderson, said: “We are offering residents the chance to access the internet on their doorstep as well as enabling them to build their skills and confidence.
“Once onboard we will be signposting people to jobs and training opportunities. We will also be showing how the internet can help you save money on everything from your weekly shop to fuel bills. We will also be helping with internet basics like setting up an email or Facebook account and using free call services such as Skype.”
As part of its six month Digital Futures campaign, Progress Housing Group plans to set up a number of free IT tenant zones in communities in community centres, offices and sheltered housing schemes, along with training a team of community digital champions.
Progress Housing Group recently beat of stiff competition to receive thousands of pounds from the Governments Digital Deal Challenge Grant to fund the campaign. The Governments Digital Deal is aimed at encouraging more social housing tenants to get online, improve their skills and benefit from wider internet services. Progress Housing Group was only one of 12 housing provider’s to be awarded the funding.
The £50,000 grant is funded by the Department for Work and Pensions and the Department for Communities and Local Government. The amount has been match funded by Progress Housing Group’s Community Investment Fund.