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New Campaign To ‘Get Neath Port Talbot Online’ Set For Ministerial Launch

Press Release   •   Jul 05, 2013 12:57 BST

Welsh Government Minister Jeff Cuthbert, who has responsibility for digital inclusion, will be launching the new Get Neath Port Talbot Online campaign that is aimed at helping more people in the local area to make the most of the Internet and other digital technologies.

The project is a partnership initiative between Neath Communities First, Melincryddan Community Conference, Neath Port Talbot Homes and Coastal Housing. The campaign is supported by the Welsh Government’s Communities 2.0 digital inclusion programme, which is partly funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

This exciting new project will be launched at a special event at Briton Ferry Library, Neath, on Monday 8th July. The event will be used to launch the Get NPT Online initiative and the new computer suite at Briton Ferry Library. The project focuses on supporting people with very basic or no computer skills to get online through a five step learning programme. Volunteers are being recruited to help with project delivery and staff at NPT Homes and Coastal Housing will receive training so they can support tenants to get online. Regular Job Club sessions and a programme of Techie Tasters have already been established to help people use the web and enjoy its numerous benefits. Brand new sessions will be set up at Briton Ferry and will be free to access for the local community.

Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty, Jeff Cuthbert, said: "Access to the internet and the skills needed to use it are more important than ever before. Many aspects of our lives are now digital, from job adverts, shopping and increasingly public services so it is essential everyone should have the opportunity you get online. This project is a great example of helping people to achieve this.”

Alun Thomas Leader of Neath Port Talbot CBC said: “We welcome the launch of this latest initiative to get even more people online across the county borough. The council is pleased to be working in partnership with a range of agencies to promote digital inclusion – especially in disadvantaged communities - and we look forward to the benefits this new scheme will bring.”

For more information on Get Neath Port Talbot Online, contact Katy Mather on 01639 683259, 07932891045 and by email on katy.mather@btconnect.com.

 

Get NPT Online

Get NPT Online promotes digital inclusion amongst disadvantaged communities in Neath Port Talbot. The approach involves a 14 month programme of targeting people in disadvantaged communities, older people, people who are unemployed and people with disabilities.  There are three full time staff members working on the ground, who are supported by their organisations and by Communities 2.0 to deliver the project aims.  Key aims are to train a core of staff and volunteers to ensure the long term sustainability of the project.

Communities 2.0

Communities 2.0 is a Welsh Government programme and is part of the Delivering a Digital Wales strategy. Communities 2.0 is delivered by four partner organisations – the Wales Co-operative Centre, Pembrokeshire Association of  Voluntary Services, Carmarthenshire County Council and the George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling (University of  South Wales). Communities 2.0 works in the Convergence area of Wales and parts of Wrexham, Flintshire and Powys, helping communities and small enterprises to make the most of the internet.

Website: www.communities2point0.org.uk            

 

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