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Consortium awarded contract to deliver project to bridge the digital divide

A consortium led by the Wales Co-operative Centre has been awarded the contract to deliver Communities 2.0 a new initiative to tackle digital exclusion in Wales, Deputy Minister for Regeneration Leighton Andrews announced today.

The Wales Co-operative Centre will work in partnership with the University of Glamorgan, Carmarthenshire County Council, Novas Scarman, and the Pembrokeshire Association of Voluntary Services to deliver the six year project from April 1st 2009.  

The programme, which will build on the Welsh Assembly Government’s highly successful Communities @One initiative, will provide community groups, social enterprises and individuals with support to use technologies and to help people in the most disadvantaged areas of Wales engage with new technology in ways that are directly relevant to their lives.

Mr Andrews said:

I look forward to working with the consortium to deliver Communities 2.0. I hope we will develop a more co-ordinated approach to digital inclusion and to work with community groups and voluntary organisations to help them engage with technologies. We will also help new and existing social enterprises to engage with ICT by providing training, mentoring and business support.

Simon Harris, Chief Executive of the Wales Co-operative Centre said:

On behalf of the consortium, I wish to express our delight at being awarded the Communities 2.0 contract. We look forward to building on previous work to bridge the digital divide in Wales, while meeting fresh challenges of supporting community groups, voluntary organisations, social enterprises and individuals to maximise the economic and social potential of ICT.

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