Sopra Steria partners with Gloucestershire County Council giving refurbished computers to community cafés and drop in hubs

   19 September, 2016: With our help Gloucestershire County Council is refurbishing and donating the computers it no longer uses to benefit local people as part of a new project called e-Forwards.

A press release from Gloucestershire County Council describes e-Forwards, part of the council's Forwards initiative which helps disabled people in Gloucestershire to get into work.

Giving more residents access to computers also improves digital inclusion and helps people to live more independent lives.

Nowadays digital skills are helpful to find employment and carry out jobs, but in the UK 21% of people still lack the skills they need to take advantage of the internet. Disabled people and older people are some of the most digitally excluded in the country.

Cllr Ray Theodoulou, deputy leader of Gloucestershire County Council said, "We want everyone to feel included in the digital age. Right across the county we're expanding the access people have to IT equipment and the internet, and helping residents to brush up on their IT skills too."

Tracey Lee, head of local government at Sopra Steria said, "We're proud to support this project which will help residents in Gloucestershire reap the social and economic benefits of the digital world."

Amanda Zayan, manager at Sixteen Community Café said, "The computers will be great for training, they're a valuable resource that will help empower people to learn and develop their IT skills."

Cllr Paul McMahon, local county councillor for Coleford said, "The computers will bring more opportunities for local people, and another string to the bow at Sixteen Community Café which already gives some great training."

Read the full press release on GCC’s website.

Find out more about Sixteen Community Café and the Forward's initiative.

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