Get online & get ahead

Release Date: 02-Jun-2015
A new project to help people get online has officially been launched in two areas of Kirklees this week.
The Batley Carr digital hub was officially opened on Monday

The Batley Carr digital hub was officially opened on Monday

KNH's '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 is starting with two pilot schemes, one at the Batley Carr tenants and residents association (TRA) and the other at Netherton TRA.

Free wifi is being supplied by Social Telecoms and will be available across the buildings to anyone living on the estates.

Paddock Communtiy Trust, a well-known local charity specializing in all things digital, will deliver free IT skills training and support. KNH will also run weekly jobs clubs, providing specialist 1-1 support with job searches, CV writing and interview techniques.

The scheme has been running for a few weeks and is already proving popular: at Netherton, a group of older people meet regularly to learn basic IT skills, how to use social media and understand which device is best for them.

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 TRAs will ensure that these benefits can be shared on our estates.”

The new hubs were officially opened by KNH director, Andy Selman. He 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.”

The pilots will last for 12 months, and if successful, the project will be extended to other areas of Kirklees.

If anyone in Batley Carr or Netherton would like to take advantage of the project, please pop along to one of the activities:

• Batley Carr: Mondays, 10am to 3pm; jobs club: 2-4 on Wednesdays
• Netherton: Thursdays, 10am to 3pm; jobs club: 2-4 on Mondays