Get online, get head scheme rolled out across Kirklees

Release Date: 12-Jul-2016
We've just launched a new scheme aimed at helping people get online.
Representatives from the different centres

Representatives from the different centres

Anyone can use the free IT facilities and wifi

Anyone can use the free IT facilities and wifi

Our ‘get online, get ahead’ project is aimed at residents who don’t have internet access – around 60% of council tenants – but who could benefit greatly from being digitally connected.

The project involves the installation of free wifi in eight community buildings across Kirklees (Batley Carr, Almondbury, Salendine Nook, Lindley, Deighton, Meltham and Netherton).

Each of the centres is run by volunteers from the local tenant and resident association They will be open for at least 15 hours a week and will offer a variety of sessions to encourage people to use the facilities, including breakfast clubs, coffee mornings, job clubs and free IT training. Anyone living on or near the estates is welcome to use the IT equipment or they can bring their own devices and use the free wifi.

The scheme is part of KNH’s commitment to ensuring that as many tenants and residents as possible can get online. Communal wifi has also recently been installed in the high rise flats and retirement living schemes managed by KNH.

According to Helen O’Sullivan, who is managing the project for KNH, “we are committed to ensuring that our tenants and residents have access to digital facilities. We recognise the benefits that tenants can have by accessing the internet – from low cost goods and services to reducing their monthly outgoings. This partnership with our tenants and residents associations will ensure that these benefits can be shared on our estates.”

KNH’s Director of Resources, Andy Selman, said: “This project is an important part of our contribution to the Council’s economic strategy. By opening up the internet, KNH, as a council company, is helping to give more people access to jobs and training.”

• To find out more, please pop into any of the centres or follow the links on the right of this page.