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UPDATE Deprived Areas Across England to Benefit from FREE WiFi

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015 (1:51 pm) - Score 920

Some 57 libraries and 13 community centres across deprived areas of England will soon be provided with free WiFi and digital support as part of a new agreement between BT and Barclays. Another 10 sites including a care home, a charity home and a homeless centre will also benefit and more will follow.

Apparently specially trained members of Barclays staff will, under the Barclays Digital Eagles initiative, also provide free technology advice to customers and non-customers alike at the same sites. The idea is to help local people build confidence and develop the skills they need to succeed.

Anna Easton, BT’s Connected Society Programme Boss, said:

At BT we believe in the power of communication to make a better world. We want to ensure that everyone can not only access the digital world, but also have the skills and support they need to stay online in the long term.

An evaluation of our existing digital inclusion programmes shows that for the elderly and unemployed, both access and long term support in the community is essential. This new partnership with Barclays will ensure that support is available for those that need it the most.”

It’s known that around 6 million adults have never used the Internet and most of those are either very old or suffer from some sort of disability, which are two groups that the new effort hopes to help.

Both BT and Barclays have also committed to support the implementation of the government’s Digital Inclusion Strategy, which aims to reduce the number of people offline in the UK by 25% come 2016.

UPDATE 2:41pm

The full list of sites can be found below.

Location Site
Aldeburgh The Fairfield Centre
Ballymena (NI) Ballymena Livestock Market
Barnsley Kendray
Bath & North East Somerset Weston
Blackburn with Darwen Blackburn Central
Blackburn with Darwen Roman Road
Bolton High Street
Bradford Aspire-I ltd
Bromley Shortlands
Bromley Beckenham
Buckinghamshire West Wycombe
Bury Unsworth
Bury Tottington
Cheshire Leonard Chesire – Hill House
Coventry Aldermoor
Coventry Hillifields
Coventry Jubilee Crescent
Cumbria Barrow Island
Cumbria Carlisle
Cumbria Keswick
Darlington
Devon Pinhoe
Durham Belmont
East Sussex Hastings
East Sussex Langney
Falmouth Dracaena Centre
Gateshead St Mary’s Heritage Centre
Gloucestershire Stroud
Gloucestershire Tewkesbury
Hartlepool Throston Grange
Herefordshire Weobley
Herefordshire Belmont
Huyton, Liverpool Roby Community Hub(Age UK)
Kent Ashen Drive
Kent Bockhanger
Kent Riverhead
Kent Shepway
Kent Temple Hill
Kent Minster in Thanet
Kent Sturry
Kingston-upon-Hull Issac Newton
Kingston-upon-Hull Longhill
Leicester Rupert House
Lincolnshire Boultham
Lincolnshire Holbeach
Loftus, Cleveland and Redcar The Old Co-Op Community Building
Market Hill, Scunthorpe Tennents association room -North lincolnshire Holmes
Medway Cuxton
Melton Mowbury Cattle Market
Middlesbrough Central
Middlesbrough Acklam
Northeast Lincolnshire Cleethorpes
Oxfordshire Kennington
Pembroke Dock The Pater Hall Trust
Peterborough Dogsthorpe
Peterborough Woodston
Reading Palmer Park
Reading Whitley
Redcar & Cleveland Dormanstown
Salford Emmaus House
Sefton Bootle
Sefton Crosby
Sheffield 32 Westfield Centre
Sheffield Newfield Green
Slough Chalvey
Southwark East Street
Southwark Nunhead
Stanhope Dales Centre
Stockport 2nd romiley scout hut
Sunderland Farringdon Jubilee Centre
Sunderland Unity Sunderland
Sunderland Sunderland Women’s Centre
Sunderland Roker Church
Swindon West Swindon
Turo Lodge and Thomas
Twickenham Cambridge Park Bowls Club
Wakefield Knottingley
Whitwick, Coalville Keenglen Care Home Limited T/as Silver Oaks Care Home
Windsor & Maidenhead Old Windsor
Wokingham Arborfield Container

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3 Responses
  1. Avatar TTT says:

    How is Old Windsor a deprived area please?!?

    1. Avatar sentup.custard says:

      There’s no Primark there! 😉

  2. Avatar Captain Cretin says:

    All the chavs have to do now is steal a suitable device to use it.

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