The funding will enable DEMRP to replace some of it's existing dated IT & learning resource equipment replacing them with a variety of portable wireless WIFI compatible equipment. This will increase the use of learning spaces within the centre building by having wireless capability and the flexibility of the use of portable supporting resources to help users with learning the use of IT equipment, Tablets, Laptops, Mobile Phones and widen their access to online applications as a Partner of the @Good Thing Foundation' i.e. GOV.UK, Job Search, Universal Credit, Budget & money management, Health & wellbeing and Personal development. The project will install wireless WIFI, replace IT Equipment, and encourage the use of Tablets and new technology which would assist with their English language development, Employability Skills, Personal development and wellbeing.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
DEMRP community & learning centre was established in January 2000 and has a footfall of at least a 350 users per month accessing free Information, Advice & Guidance, Job search Drop-in, English Language, Reading & Writing courses, Managing debt & finances, Health & Wellbeing , Preparation for the Life in the UK Test , (SELT) Secure English Language Test (for immigration, Integration and Citizenship purposes) Confidence building and personal development sessions. Without the renewal and updating of the present equipment and wireless connections it will no longer be able to meet the demand on its services and will have to reduce these vital free support services, there is no one providing similar free services in Doncaster. * 10.2 % (Office National Statistics) Yorkshire & Humber have never used the Internet (highest percentage in the UK Regions) *There are 308,940 people living in Doncaster (Jan 2019), 30% have no qualification compared to 22% across England.(CRT)
Steps to get it done:
With more and more services access online and the use of smart technology & media, people are getting left behind which has an impact on their daily lives. The BAME & European and local disadvantaged illiterate communities are being pushed more online to complete Immigration Visa/Status & citizenship applications and English language Life in the UK Test, SELT and Citizenship, Job Search & Universal Credit registration etc. without the provision of free access to new technology, IT use and online internet training further marginalising and creating disadvantage and economic hardship when trying to access the employability market.
About the space
DEMRP Community & Learning Centre
Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council