Sefton Foodbank users able to access free computer training thanks to 3TC pilot scheme

A TECHNOLOGY project has teamed up with foodbanks to provide users with computer training.

Merseyside Third Sector Technology Centre, 3tc, with Big Lottery support, is currently enrolling Maghull and district foodbank users for a pilot IT project in Sefton.

Jackie Kemp-Ellis, 3tc’s Chief Officer said: “Sefton foodbanks do a fantastic job by helping local people meet their immediate needs, and by signposting them to other available help and support. For example our Sefton Empowerment Project offers foodbank users who may not have a computer or lack computer skills, both the means and training to be able to improve their everyday lives”.

“We achieve this by introducing them to a number of free Google services that they can access from local libraries and a variety of local venues at no cost. 3tc shows learners how they can use these services to look for work online and better understand their employment rights; ensure they receive everything they are entitled to; make their money go further by buying and selling online; find trusted sources of debt advice; use NHS Choices to obtain local health service information; and access advice about housing and other problems. More and more services are becoming digital-by-default, so having IT skills is very important”.

“We provide a free lunch for learners as we find this is a great way to break down barriers, helping them to relax as they discuss what they have learned. We also provide help towards travel costs for attendance on the courses, that are presently being run from our base at 16 Crosby Road North, Waterloo. The courses are short at just three hours per week for seven weeks. Even after the course ends learners continue to have access to their free online services, and can thus continue to personally develop their skills.”

For more information contact Debbie Kelly at 3tc on 0151-285-4010.