Housing association tenants across Tees Valley receive internet boost (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Housing association tenants across Tees Valley receive internet boost
5:37pm Monday 26th August 2013 in News
THOUSANDS of residents will be able to top up their technology skills and manage more of their life online thanks to almost £40,000 of Government funding.
The cash from the Government’s Digital Deal Challenge Fund means social housing residents across the Tees Valley will have access to the internet.
The money, awarded through a joint bid between Fabrick, Vela, Go On Boro and the Middlesbrough Football Club Foundation, will go towards free internet training for residents, 12 new accessible web kiosks, including one in a rural location, and the upgrading of existing booths.
It will also help to pay for three apprentices as ICT community engagement champions and provide training for 60 volunteer digital community champions, to benefit the residents of Erimus Housing, Tees Valley Housing, Norcare, Housing Hartlepool and Tristar Homes.
The aim of ‘Teesside ResiNet’ is to help more than 1,000 residents confidently use the web and to bring free internet access to more than 2,500 urban and rural social housing residents.
Chris Joynes (CORR), head of operations for Fabrick Housing Group, said: “We are delighted to receive this grant, which will assist residents to use the internet; some for the first time and others with greater confidence.”
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