Augher is a rural village in South Tyrone, halfway between Ballygawley and Clogher, within Dungannon Borough Council.
Clogher Valley Community Centre was set up in 2006, as a Limited company with charitable status, to manage the refurbishment and running of a building formally owned and managed by St Macartan’s Parish.
A range of groups currently use the Centre including the local youth club, SureStart programmes for parents with children 0-4 years old, and it hosts other community meetings and social functions.
The Centre is managed by a voluntary committee and is open by arrangement.
The committee members have a thorough understanding of the benefits of technology for the local community. Thanks to BT’s Community Connections programme, the group had BT’s superfast fibre broadband installed at the Centre in December 2011. Local people expressed an interest in learning how to use the Internet, however they were not able to do so as the closest public Internet access point was 9 miles away in Fivemiletown.
BT Connected Communities as part of the Get IT Together programme, in partnership with UK charity Citizens Online, has invested six refurbished computers and a laptop to help address this issue and increase public access superfast fibre broadband.
BT Connected Communities are working closely with the group Millennium Volunteers and the local Volunteer Centre to recruit and train Digital Champion volunteers, to deliver short informal fun introductory computer and internet sessions.