Centre says YES To Digital Inclusion
An excellent event at the YES centre, opened by Northwards Housing and serving the Newton Heath community in employability, job searches, careers advice and further learning. This is an excellent resource, which is really becoming embedded in the local community; Employability Manager at YES, Diane Roberts, said:
“For a lot of our customers, using computers and the internet isn’t something that they’re used to. It’s not only our older customers who are digitally excluded, either; a lot of the younger people who use our service are just as unfamiliar with the technology.
“It’s been great to give local people the chance to learn more about how to take advantage of all the benefits that doing things digitally can bring. We’ve helped people with everything from uploading their CV to websites to creating a Facebook account for one gentleman who wanted to get in touch with his daughter who he hadn’t seen for many years.”
The centre decided to hold a digital inclusion drop in event and over the course of 2 sessions, worked with more than 20 people, helping them to get online, complete forms and CVs, apply for jobs and surf the net. Aided by digital champions from the Manchester UNISON ULF-funded learning project, and supported by Celebration of Learning funding, the centre was busy with learners, many of whom already use the centre and some of whom will use it more regularly.
UNISON learning organiser Steve Swift said: “We are pleased to be able to support this great event and hope to work with the YES centre to continue their excellent work.”