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Sean Bulpitt and Shona Wilson from Santander present a �4,000 cheque to Cath George for Blyth Resource and Initiative Centre.

Sean Bulpitt and Shona Wilson from Santander present a �4,000 cheque to Cath George for Blyth Resource and Initiative Centre.

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A £4,000 boost has been handed to a Northumberland jobs service.

Blyth Resource and Initiative Centre (BRIC) has received the cash to provide computer sessions for unemployed people.

The grant was given by The Discovery Foundation, backed by Santander UK, and will fund a drop-in service at Seaton Sluice Community Centre to teach people how to use laptops, smartphones and other equipment.

The sessions aim to improve confidence and employability.

BRIC manager Cath George said: “This grant will support local residents with the use of smart technology and teach them the benefits of using the internet, enable them to socialise with other like-minded people and improve their IT capabilities.”

BRIC is Northumberland’s only unemployed people’s centre, working with an average of 5,000 clients each year.