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Longford residents can get online thanks to new scheme
11:50am Tuesday 3rd September 2013 in News
LONGFORD residents will soon be able to get online for free thanks to a scheme designed to tackle social exclusion.
Golden Gates Housing Trust (GGHT) has been awarded £40,000 to help it deliver the Longford On-line project.
The funding has been awarded as part of the Government’s Digital Deal, and will be matched by the trust.
The scheme will see GGHT install and manage a Wi-Fi network in Longford, providing free wireless broadband to its tenants and low cost access to other local residents.
Tenants who do not already have access to the internet will be provided with a Digital Den Android mini-PC free of charge – allowing them to get the internet through their TV.
Longford, an area ranked in the four per cent most deprived in the UK, is undergoing a major regeneration project with GGHT at the forefront.
The trust is the largest provider of social housing in Warrington, and recognises the increasing importance of web access and skills for its tenants. It is hoped that the project will introduce hundreds of residents to the internet for the first time and encourage others to make greater use of this in their daily lives.
Peter Fitzhenry, GGHT director of housing management said: “The Longford On-line project offers an innovative solution to bringing down digital barriers and will enable hundreds of our customers to experience the wonders of internet in their own home, without having to purchase a computer or pay for broadband access.
“The successful roll out of the project will help these customers and their families to unlock employment, training and education opportunities and tackle social and financial exclusion.”
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