A HOUSING provider is giving away computers as part of a community IT initiative to help ensure that those without internet access are not left behind.
Bernicia is offering five brand new computers to community-based venues to allow those without a PC at home to access goods and services online.
And a further five are being installed at the Newbiggin Learning Hive, which provides basic skills training including healthy eating, household budgeting and basic literacy and numeracy.
Bernicia operations director Jeannie McMillan said: “Increasingly services and goods are available online, which can exclude those who do not have their own PC from getting the best deals.
“For example, under the government’s welfare reforms, to be introduced next year, tenants will need to take more responsibility for managing their universal credits claims, and it has been made very clear that these are to be online by default.
“Also, many of the savings available through our own tenant reward scheme are most easily accessed online, so by providing computers and some basic training, we can make sure people do not miss out.”
Any community venue wanting to take up the offer of a free PC for use by visitors should contact Mark Sproat on (0191) 238 3176 or Joe Jackson on (0191) 238 3849.
The computers have been donated by employee benefits provider You at Work.