Isle of Skye launch their new Wi-Fi service
As part of a three-year initiative across Lochaber, Skye and Wester Ross to help local people access the internet, learn new skills and find out more about computers and technology, a launch event will be held in Glendale Village Hall on the 24th July, 2012.
The Get IT Together project, delivered by national charity Citizens Online and funded by Nominet Trust, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, The Highland Council and BT Scotland (as part of the UK-wide Get IT Together programme) is open to anyone interested in learning more about IT and the Internet.
Get IT Together Project Coordinator, Jane Beaton, will be working in partnership with Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Highland Council and local communities to ensure as many people as possible have the opportunity to take part in a programme of activities aimed at increasing skills and confidence in using computers and the Internet, helping to overcome barriers to learning, strengthening community relations and helping the region become more digitally included.
The event will be held in the Glendale Village Hall, Glendale, Isle of Skye from 11.30 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Tuesday, 24th of July. The Village Hall has recently been awarded a BT Community Connection, which provides free broadband for 12 months. The event will showcase the opportunities for local residents and businesses to benefit from access to the internet, as well as providing an opportunity for those who are unsure about using digital technology to come along and have a go in an informal and fun atmosphere.
Claire Hannah from Highlands and Islands Enterprise, said "HIE has awarded £75,000 towards a series of projects and activities throughout the North and West Highlands to help people who may not otherwise have the opportunity or confidence to try using the internet. Technology can make a huge difference to people’s lives, especially in fragile and outlying communities and we are delighted to be supporting this initiative.”
Julie Simmons, High Life Highland Adult Learning Strategy Officer from Highland Council said “Highland Council Adult Learning is delighted to be working in partnership with Citizens Online to deliver this exciting project, particularly in remote rural communities where internet access has the potential to open up new opportunities for people to access information, learning resources, and maintain contact with family and friends wherever they may live.”
Annika Small, Chief Executive of Nominet Trust said, “The internet is the single most powerful collaborative tool that we have ever had. Harnessed for social good, it empowers people to shape the world, their communities and their own lives. Nominet Trust is delighted to be supporting Get IT Together in the West Highlands which makes a significant contribution to ensuring that everyone – regardless of age, income, ability or location – can use the internet to enhance their lives.”
Brendan Dick, director, BT Scotland, said: “BT launched its digital inclusion programme Get IT Together with the aim of making a positive difference to society. We want everyone to experience the benefits of ICT, no matter where they live or work, using technology to build an economically sustainable, educated and socially-inclusive society. Initiatives like this one in the West Highlands play a vital role in equipping people with the communication skills they need to get the most out of the world around them.”
John Fisher, Chief Executive of Citizens Online, said “We are really pleased to be working in the Highlands once again and Jane is looking forward to the challenges of delivering the project across the area. The success of these initiatives is working in partnership and the team is keen to talk to any organisation that would like to participate or get involved in any way.”
For further information
Jane Beaton, Get IT Together Project Coordinator, Lochaber, Skye and Wester Ross.
Tel: 07557 973138
Note for editors
The Nominet Trust is a UK registered charity, which believes in the power of digital technology to improve lives and communities. The Trust brings together, invests in and supports people committed to using digital technology to create social and economic value.
Nominet Trust has invested in hundreds of projects since its inception in September 2008, providing business support as well as financial investment, seeking to connect projects to prospective partners who can help increase their reach and impact.
Nominet Trust was founded in 2008 by Nominet, the not-for-profit organisation responsible for the smooth and secure running of the .uk internet infrastructure. Nominet has a strong public purpose and the Trust is one example of its commitment to creating a safer, accessible and diverse internet.
For more information visit www.nominettrust.org.uk
Highlands and Islands Enterprise
Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) delivers the Scottish Government’s economic strategy by supporting the sustainable growth of ambitious businesses and communities across the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. You can visit our website at http://www.hie.co.uk and follow us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/highlandsandislandsenterprise
HIE is investing £1.5m over three years in selected communities across which want to develop and implement plans for local growth. This ambitious programme aims to support the future of over 40 communities in the Highlands and Islands' most fragile rural areas. HIE's support focuses on working with social enterprises, land asset and management, renewable energy, growing fragile communities, Gaelic language and arts and culture.
Highland covers an area of 26,484 square kilometres (including all islands at low water). This is a third of the Scottish mainland and covers an area larger than Wales and nearly the size of Belgium.
The Highland Council delivers services across an area with the lowest population density of all UK local authorities. Overall, Highland has only 8 people per square kilometre, falling to 2 per square kilometre in Sutherland, compared with 66 people per square kilometre in Scotland as a whole.
For people live who live in remote rural communities, the potential of using new technologies and accessing the internet to have a positive impact on their lives is enormous. The Council is committed to a programme of adult learning which will help bridge the digital divide, break down social isolation and give people the skills they need for their personal and family life, the workplace and to participate in community activities.
For more information visit www.highland.gov.uk
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In the year ended 31 March 2011, BT Group’s revenue was £20,076 million with profit before taxation of £1,717 million.
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BT and Get IT Together
BT is committed to making a positive difference to society and, by providing information communications technology (ICT) and related services, believes it can make a tangible difference to communities that find themselves on the wrong side of the digital divide.
BT has been helping people to get online since 2002 by bringing the benefits of ICT to disadvantaged communities across the UK. Each year we invest at least one per cent of our annual pre-tax profits in programmes which benefit society and the environment.
The Get IT Together programme is all about instilling confidence and empowering people to get online - making the most of what the internet has to offer. As an official partner of Race Online 2012, BT has pledged its support to help get another 100,000 people online by the end of 2012 as well as encourage and enable at least 10,000 people to become 'Digital Champions', helping and inspiring others to get online.
For more information, visit www.bt.com/getittogether
Citizens Online is a national charity that believes participation in the digital world is a fundamental part of modern life. It is our aim to ensure that the benefits of digital technologies can be enjoyed and shared by everybody, so that our society may become more inclusive and just. Further information is available at www.citizensonline.org.uk