Local charity, Rotherham Federation of Communities, is today celebrating after being awarded almost £10,000 in National Lottery funding to support its work to help residents in Rotherham to Get Connected to the internet. The charity, based at Springwell Gardens Community Centre, have employed a part time digital coach, who will provide help and support to those who have never been online or are wanting to get online but unsure of how to.
Rotherham Federation of Communities believe Rotherham needs strong local communities and they support communities to grow and develop, working with them to build their sense of belonging, community pride and community spirit. They work with local community groups that are committed to bringing communities together, giving all communities a voice and creating local solutions to local issues.
The Get Connected sessions take place at easily accessible community centres across Rotherham. They take their time and ensure all the group sessions are at the right pace for you and focus on what’s important to you. The aim of Get Connected is for everyone to become comfortable and confident to use the internet for the things that can make a real difference.
Examples of help will include:
- How to pay your bills
- Access money saving opportunities
- Find out what’s happening in your area and further afield
- Interact with others through social media
- Send and receive emails
- Contact your landlord or local authorities
- Search for jobs or volunteering opportunities
Philip Hayes, CEO of Rotherham Federation, said: “We’re delighted that The National Lottery Community Fund has recognised our work in this way. Now, thanks to National Lottery players we will be able to help people to get online and not be frightened to use the internet.”