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Community project gains backing from Haverhill councillors

From left: Cllr Karen Richardson, Haverhill Library manager Sanphra Willmott, and Cllr Anne Gower with the two new tablets. ANL-140109-153514005

From left: Cllr Karen Richardson, Haverhill Library manager Sanphra Willmott, and Cllr Anne Gower with the two new tablets. ANL-140109-153514005

 

A library project to help people overcome social isolation and improve their IT skills, has received the backing of St Edmundsbury Borough Council.

Haverhill Library will launch a series of courses next week, designed to help members of the community use tablets and e-Readers.

Borough Cllrs Anne Gower and Karen Richardson, who both represent wards in Haverhill, have each donated £120 from their council locality budgets (for community projects) which have paid for two Google Nexuses to support the project.

Cllr Gower said: “There are some people who feel socially isolated and on top of that they don’t have access to Wi-Fi or know how to Skype or create an email account.

“These are all ways that they can keep in contact with their friends and family or to find help or just get information.”

Cllr Richardson, who is also chairman of the Friends of Haverhill Library, said: “I am pleased that both Cllr Gower and myself have been able to help towards funding this technology project out of our new locality budgets.

“I am sure that it will prove invaluable to those members of the community who are perhaps, for one reason or another, the most socially isolated.”

Each course takes place on a Wednesday from 2pm to 4pm and costs £10 each which covers the costs of the tutor.

Introduction to iPads and iPhones takes place on September 10, Introduction to Android tablets and e-Readers on September 17, and Moving on with tablets and e-Readers will be held on September 24.

To register either visit the library or call 01440 702638.

Full course details can be found at http://suffolklibraries.co.uk/branches/haverhill-library/

 

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