New Minister marks launch of Get Neath Port Talbot Online
Congratulations to Get Neath Port Talbot Online, the latest strategic initiative from the Welsh Government’s Communities 2.0 programme, which is led by the Wales Co-operative Centre. Get NPT Online was launched by Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty, Jeff Cuthbert at Briton Ferry library this week.
Designed to tackle poverty by overcoming barriers to work, the initiative has challenging targets for helping people become confident in using computers, and in finding work online.
Through the Communities 2.0 programme, Wales Co-operative Centre staff have brokered a partnership between NPT Homes, Coastal Housing and the local Communities First organisation, to target support at those in greatest need. Front line staff of all the partner organisations will be trained to help their clients take the first steps towards getting online. This will be backed up by focussed training and support from a team of volunteers. People who were previously excluded from job opportunities through lack of skills will set up their own e-mail addresses, develop online CVs and learn how to search job sites. As a result, they will become included as part of the modern world.
The beauty of Get NPT Online is that it is a genuinely local response to the problems of poverty, worklessness and social exclusion. It works with the community, not on it. Get NPT Online is sustainable, because digital inclusion will be embedded in the working practices of the partner organisations.
Across Wales, the Wales Co-operative Centre is delivering programmes in communities that have a tangible economic benefit. Thanks to funding from the Welsh Government and European Regional Development Fund, people in Neath Port Talbot have a head start.