Carrickhill Community Centre, based in the Carrickhill area of North Belfast, is part of the Greater New Lodge Community Empowerment Project led by Ashton Community Trust.
It’s a warm and welcoming destination for people in the community to learn more about new technology through a hands-on approach and find their place in the digital world.
It’s another example of how BT is working with communities by providing free funding, equipment and friendly volunteers.
The aim of the Carrickhill Community Centre Belfast initiative, is to tackle the growing issue of online social exclusion, which affects many communities across Ireland, mainly due to the lack of IT resources and support available.
The BT Connected Communities programme is also extending into more rural, hard to reach and isolated areas to ensure the same opportunities are provided to those that need it most.
Plans are in place to roll it out further in Counties Tyrone and Fermanagh.
Margaret Fitzpatrick, Carrickhill
“When I first heard that the class was happening, I thought I would give it a try and maybe learn how to use the laptop that was lying around in the house. A few months later and I have learnt a lot about surfing online, using PowerPoint and keeping in touch with others.
“The BT volunteers are able to help everyone and are really patient in explaining how things work. We all have a laugh and it is as much a social event as it is educational. I really look forward to the class each week!”