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Get Online at the Zion Centre


A much needed upgrade to the IT Suite at the Zion Centre means local people can now get back behind keyboards and back online.
An open afternoon to relaunch the IT Suite was held as a part of national Get Online Week, and was marked with the cutting of a a ribbon by Hulme Councillor Amina Lone (below centre).

The upgraded suite has been funded with a grant from Manchester City Council, which was awarded to make sure there is still a local hub for IT in the Hulme community, after Hulme library was relocated to Moss Side Leisure Centre.

Zion Centre Manager Paul Mattis (far right) said: “A lot of people living in Hulme do not have access to computers or the internet. This means they are missing out on being able to do a great many things such as job searches, completing benefits claims, paying bills online, homework and social networking.

“These days it can be isolating to have no access to a computer, and the internet.”

The IT Suite is run by staff and experienced volunteers, who are on hand to help people who may be beginners.

Paul added: “We are delighted to be able to fill the gap there is currenDSC_0125tly in this area, and help up skill local people in computer literacy.

“It will also vastly improve our welfare reform drop in service and Citizens Advice service, together with the plans we have for a future Job Club.”

In addition to these activities, the IT Suite also has an over 50s IT club and is used by people undergoing E-Therapy, such as computer based cognitive behavioural therapy programmes.

Pictured Zion Community Engagement Officer John Wigley, Cllr Amina Lone and Zion Centre Manager Paul Mattis.

To find out more phone 0161 226 5412.