Hi-tec hub thanks to youngster

A Breckland community centre has become a hi-tec hub after a youngster won funding for a brand new internet caf�.On Monday 13-year-old Cameron Wood was testing out the new facilities at Swaffham Community Centre after successfully applying for more than �4,000 of funding from the Norfolk Youth Fund.

A Breckland community centre has become a hi-tec hub after a youngster won funding for a brand new internet caf�.

On Monday 13-year-old Cameron Wood was testing out the new facilities at Swaffham Community Centre after successfully applying for more than �4,000 of funding from the Norfolk Youth Fund.

The money has enabled the centre, which is already a hive of activity used by all age groups within the community, to buy four computers complete with free internet access and a wi-fi connection so the public can also surf the web from their laptops.

Cameron said: “Young people who do not have access to the internet at home will be able to come here.

“They will be able to do their homework and, when they leave school, do things like search for jobs on the web.

“I am really pleased with it all.”

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The computers will get a great deal of use from those who attend the centre's two youth clubs, Youthie and Youthie Plus, and youth worker Sally Palmer said they would be used to educate the young people how to use the internet safely.

She said: “We will deal with internet safety and cyber bullying issues and show how people can safely use sites such as Facebook.”

But the new facility is not just for the young.

Vicky Mason, from the Iceni Partnership which runs the centre, said all ages would be encouraged to make use of the new technology.

She said: “The computers are for everyone.

“We have all sorts of services here like the Citizens Advice Bureau and the Migrant Workers Information Centre and they will help people to look for jobs and other things.

“The wi-fi access means people can bring their laptops in and enjoy a coffee while they surf the web.”

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