Digital partnership helps thousands of people to get online for free …

A state-of-the-art digital learning centre which provides free internet access is helping people into work and further education.

The new computer learning centre at the Maryhill Hub in Glasgow is the latest ‘Click & Connect’ facility to open thanks to a partnership between Wheatley Group and Glasgow Kelvin College.

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Patricia Ferguson MSP officially opened the computer facility which is the latest Click & Connect centre to be opened within a Cube Housing Association community.

The MSP also marked the signing of a five-year agreement between Glasgow’s newest college and Wheatley Group – which includes Cube – which will see more digital centres open across the central belt.

The partnership will support 30 new or upgraded centres, providing free internet access and learning support to more than 8,500 people within Wheatley Group communities over the next five years.

Click & Connect centres provide free computer facilities and digital classes in some of Scotland’s poorest communities. People can get advice on how to access job sites, create a CV, get online shopping discounts, keep up to date with the welfare reform changes and how to ll in online housing and benefit forms.
Wheatley Group Director of Resources, Elaine Melrose, said: “We want to do everything we can to help people in our communities get online. The UK Government’s welfare reform changes mean it’s never been more important for people to have free internet access on their doorstep.
“Glasgow has one of the lowest levels of broadband uptake in the whole of the UK. Centres such as this one in the heart of Cube’s community provides a lifeline service which can help people into work, go onto further education and enjoy money-saving benefits. This new partnership will allow us to help even more people in our communities benefit from being online.”

Principal, Alan Sherry said,
“We are delighted to have the opportunity to build on our hugely successful partnership with Wheatley Group by expanding access to high-quality community-based learning and resources for the residents of Maryhill, West Glasgow and beyond.”

Awards will be given to six students who make the most progress and overcome significant educational barriers. As part of the new partnership, GKC will offer two internships for tenants who live within Wheatley Group homes. Wheatley will also provide an opportunity for a graduate to join its Modern Apprenticeship programme.

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