A HI-TECH venue is looking ultra modern thanks to a double cash boost.
Old equipment at the Shotton IT centre has been replaced with the very best facilities to help people use the internet, deliver courses, and put together CVs.
A state of the art Smart Board now takes pride of place thanks to a grant of £4,836 from the Coalfields Regeneration Trust Community Grant.
And funding worth almost £1,800 has been awarded by the County Durham Community Fund. It meant the centre could buy a new batch of 19 inch LCD monitors, as well as operator chairs, computer mice, software and a new anti virus package.
Centre manager Jim Currie said: “The days of not needing to be computer literate are long gone as ‘doing things online’ is becoming an everyday necessity.
“We have many referrals from Job Centre Plus as job searches and job applications have to be completed on the Internet.”
He said the new equipment would mean a wider variety of courses and improved conferencing.
The centre has already helped people achieve qualifications in literacy and numeracy, and provided hundreds of people with basic computing skills.
It also offers courses such as touch typing, basic sign language and basic IT. It helps with CVs, setting up email addresses and services such as faxing, printing, photographs, posters, and leaflets.
Rona Hardy, chair of Shotton Partnership which owns the centre, said the continual search for funding to keep the popular centre open was “most difficult” but she added: “Our record of past achievements, however, has stood us in good stead.”