A local computer club is helping give people the confidence to get online thanks to support from Suffolk Coastal’s Enabling Communities Budget.
Cllr Stuart Lawson has given Kesgrave Computer Club £700 to purchase new equipment and meet facilities costs for their weekly group which offers free support to local residents.
The community driven club started earlier this year and is run by four volunteers, meeting every Thursday morning.
Club coordinator, Dr Punna Athwall, said:
“We wanted to create a safe community space where local people could meet in a friendly setting and share their experiences, problems and issues concerning the use of computers in everyday lives.
“We can help with everything from how to set up a new email, setting up a new computer, how to use the web safely and how to make better use of an iPad or a tablet. Anyone can come along and it’s free to attend.”
Cllr Stuart Lawson, local ward member for Kesgrave for Kesgrave West said:
“I was really happy to support this project in the heart of Kesgrave. Helping people, whatever age, get online and communicate is so important, so this is an uplifting and inspirational project and I wish them the best of luck. By providing premises and requisite equipment for people to drop-in, chat, have a cuppa and get help and advice in an informal manner will help all in Kesgrave and surrounding areas.
“It's amazing how many volunteers and kind people there are to help the residents of this area, and I'm pleased to do to whatever I can to use my Enabling Community Budget to encourage similar programmes.”
Kesgrave Computer Club meets in the first floor meeting room at the Kesgrave Scout Hall every Thursday from 10:30am – 12:30pm.
For more information, email: Kesgrave.firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07889 512 216.