Cash boost to help improve people’s skills

Cath George, centre manager at BRIC. GM018234
Cath George, centre manager at BRIC. GM018234

An organisation supporting unemployed people has received a cash boost.

Blyth Resource & Initiative Centre (BRIC) has received £4,000 to provide IT sessions at the Seaton Sluice community centre.

The donation was provided by The Discovery Foundation, supported by Santander UK.

BRIC is Northumberland’s only Unemployed People’s Centre with on average 5,000 visitors each year.

The grant will help fund a drop-in service at the community centre to teach local unemployed people how to use laptops, smartphones and other equipment to improve their confidence and employability.

Cath George, centre manager, said: “BRIC has been providing education to the people of Seaton Sluice for several years.

“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 likeminded people and improve their IT capabilities.”

Shona Willson, branch manager at Santander’s Blyth branch, said: “Our branch is committed to playing a key part in the community and we are delighted to be supporting BRIC, and hope the donation makes a real difference.”