Vital IT service lands £13k community grant

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A SERVICE proving vital in helping people into work has received a grant to help ensure it can carry on providing support.

Shotton IT Centre was awarded £13,000 from the European Social Fund’s (ESF) community grants scheme.

A full-time member of staff had to be laid off earlier in the year and the money is being used towards the wage of an extra part-time worker.

The centre, in Shotton Colliery’s Friar Street, has helped thousands of people to access IT facilities since it opened in 2000.

It is also proving vital in helping people to access job applications, many of which now can only be obtained online.

The money means as well as overheads being paid, part-time worker Clare Bricklebank can complement the work of adult learning support worker Judi Briggs, who is part-time.

Judi said: “It’s great that we can now pay for a part-time member of staff for a year and for some of the overheads, as well as for some more courses for learners. If we didn’t have funding from outside sources we couldn’t exist. We often get little pots from here and there but this is a nice amount.

“It’s important to help the long-term unemployed and people who find it difficult getting into work.

“The money will help us to get them supported and also with employability as everything has got to be done online now and some people don’t know how to use a computer.

“This funding helps us to keep doing what we are doing already.”