A North East water company has helped young people from deprived areas of Newcastle get online.
Redundant computers have been donated by Northumbrian Water to the Children North East WEYES (West End Youth Enquiry Service) project, to help young people study and look for jobs.
The charity offers free advice, information and support to those aged 11 to 25 who live or work in the West End, including the wards of Benwell, Scotswood and Elswick.
With ICT support the youngsters can use the web at the drop-in centre on Westgate Road to net a world of opportunities.
Already, the computers have been used for research by the young Healthwatch Newcastle team to help them with topics such as mental health services, while the youth cafe group researched recipes to inspire their cooking activities.
The five PCs were set up by members of the Northumbrian Water Information Services team as part of the company’s employee volunteering scheme, Just an hour.
Just an hour allows employees to give a minimum of 15 working hours every year to support causes close to their hearts and since the scheme started in 2002, more than 100,000 hours have been given back.
Jane Morland, Northumbrian Water’s Partnerships Assistant Manager, said: “We often have to upgrade our equipment to make sure that we have the best systems in place to maintain the highest levels possible of service, but that doesn’t mean it’s not of use to someone else.
“We’re always delighted to help good causes, and supplying WEYES with ICT support is great for the young people, to help provide them with opportunities and engage them in the digital world.”
Lynn Renwick, Service Manager from Children North East, said: “We are very grateful to Northumbrian Water not only for the donation of the computers, but for the donation of their time to install them as well.”
“We often take access to the latest technology for granted but the young people we help don′t always have the chance to use computers outside of school. With this very kind donation we can help more young people explore their interests and achieve more.”
For more information contact Janine Scott on 0191 301 6713.