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New ‘Include-IT Mersey’ project aims to get people online


Helping our customers to get online is a top priority for us at Helena and why we have become a proud partner of ‘Include-IT Mersey’.

Working with 23 partners, including St Helens Chamber, from across the Liverpool City Region, Include-IT Mersey offers skills training and employment support for local, unemployed people, especially those aged 45 and over.

Funded by the European Social Fund and the Big Lottery Fund as part of its 2014-2020 Building Better Opportunities Programme, the new project will provide a personalised package of support to residents who are out of work and feel digitally excluded.

Andy Cave, Community Investment Officer at Helena said: “In the last year thousands more of our customers have started using digital services for the first time. Many of which were supported directly by our friendly staff at dedicated sessions held at venues across St Helens.

Over every 16 week Include-IT Mersey course we will continue to help improve people’s knowledge, practical skills, boost their confidence as well as support them towards and into employment.”

Led by Sefton CVS, in collaboration with VOLA Consortium members, local Housing Associations and Local Authorities, this innovative multi-agency partnership is founded on partners that really care about their local communities. It will ensure that those in need of support to help develop their IT skills, access to online services and digital technologies will receive the best possible service, whatever their starting point. In addition to IT skills development, assistance will include employability and personal skills development to support people into or closer to employment.

Lisa Grimes, Starting Point Manager at St Helens Chamber, said: “Digital skills are required more and more by a wide range of employers, so improving skills and knowledge in this area can open up a wide range of employment opportunities.

We are delighted to be able to support Helena Partnerships with this project, and work with their customers to put their newly acquired digital skills into good use, either through further training or in the workplace.” 

The project is currently being set up and hopes to start being able to offer services to people from May 2017 and more details will be announced in the coming weeks. For those already online, you can find out more and sign up to receive updates at www.includeitmersey.org.uk.

Alternatively, contact Andy Cave, Community Investment Officer at Helena Partnerships on 01744 418051 or email Andrew.Cave@HelenaPartnerships.co.uk