£30k IT boost for Ingoldmells suite

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TECHNOLOGICALLY disadvantaged Ingoldmells residents could soon become IT proficient after funding was secured to create an impressive new computing suite in the village.

Ingoldmells Community Group was left ‘dumbstruck’ after securing £30,000 of National Lottery funding for the second time in less than a year to benefit the villagers where they need it the most.

Following last year’s colourful transformation of an old vandalised wall that had become an unsightly eyesore, the group now intend to use its latest funding to bring the village up to speed with advances in technology.

Group secretary Joy Adams said: “Ingoldmells seems to be a forgotten area for things like this so projects like this are very much needed.

“Hopefully the people of Ingoldmells will be able to become more internet based, gain access to more facilities and be able to keep in touch with family and friends.

“This is very much an older generation area where lots of people don’t have access to computers, so this should help many people get up to speed.”

The group is in discussion with Ingoldmells Parish Council to use the Royal Arthur Centre to put 12 computers for online learning.

IT savvy group member Anthony Hall will be teaching residents the basics of computing and it is hoped that links with further education establishments will be created to enable remote learning sessions.

Young people are also invited to use the facility for training purposes and to help with job applications.

Ingoldmells has been selected by Lincolnshire County Council as one of three rural communities in which to trial superfast broadband and the group hope this project will enable more residents to capitalise on the technological improvements.

Joy added: “When high speed broadband takes off we will already have a facility on hand with basic instruction to help people use the internet.

“There aren’t many big businesses in the village but with this we could hopefully attract blue chip companies.”

The group members secured funding for the project through the National Lottery’s Village SOS scheme after identifying the village’s most prevalent needs and completing an extensive application with the help of parish clerk Mike Allen.

If you are interested in using the facility when it is fully set-up contact Joy on 01754 873934.