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Digital Inclusion – Free Courses for Council Housing Tenants

10 Aug

Free computer sessions

We know that many of our tenants don’t have the confidence or the know-how to access the internet. That’s why we have an arrangement with Heeley Trust to deliver free computer classes to help our tenants get online.

Being able to do things online like shopping, banking and socialising, can save you money and make things easier and more convenient. Importantly, from November you will only be able to apply for Universal Credit online.

How these classes can help you

If you’re a Council tenant and would like to do more on the internet but you’re not sure how to, or if you’re worried about having to apply online for Universal Credit, then why not sign-up to a class near you?

The classes are held at venues all across the city and are run by friendly, helpful advisors from the Heeley Trust who will help you gain the skills you need at a pace that suits you.

As well as help to apply for Universal Credit, the classes also cover lots of other topics like how to stay safe on the internet, staying in touch with friends and family, accessing health and other services and online banking.

Go to a computer session near you

You can book a computer session over the phone on 0114 399 1070 or email learningchampion@heeleydevtrust.com. Just pick the session you like and let us know you’re coming.

The sessions you can attend at your local library are:

  • Firth Park: Monday 10am – 12pm
  • Manor: Monday 2pm – 4pm
  • Totley: Tuesday 10am – 12pm
  • Central Library: Tuesday 10am – 12pm
  • Burngreave: Tuesday 1pm – 3pm
  • Woodseats: Wednesday 1pm – 3pm
  • Walkley: Wednesday 1.30pm – 3.30pm
  • Crystal Peaks: Thursday 10am – 12pm
  • Greenhill: Friday 10am – 12pm
  • Chapeltown: Friday 10am – 12pm
  • More classes available across the city
  • You can also go to free classes at:
  • Balfour House (Stocksbridge): Tuesday 10am – 12pm
  • Emerson Community Room (Parson Cross): Monday 10am – 12pm
  • Greenland Community Centre: Wednesday 10am – 12pm
  • Hanover TARA: Monday & Thursday 2pm – 4pm
  • Langsett Community Room: Wednesday, 10am – 12pm
  • Stannington TARA: Thursday 10am – 12pm

Just call 0114 399 1070 or email learningchampion@heeleydevtrust.com to book your spot.

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Sheffield free city wi-fi goes live On World Wi-Fi Day

21 Jun

Sheffield’s first-ever free high-speed wi-fi will be going live across the city centre on World Wi-Fi Day.

The service, known as Sheffield Free Wi-Fi, will help Sheffield City Council meet its ambition to be one of the best connected cities in the country and help make the city centre more vibrant.

Sheffield-based Idaq Networks is providing the wi-fi service by installing 220 pieces of superfast and ultrafast broadband equipment to council-owned street lights and street furniture.

The first phase of the wi-fi network covers the theatre and retail district including Fargate, the Peace Gardens, Winter Garden, Tudor Square, Pinstone Street and The Moor.

Further phases will be launched in the months ahead, so that almost all the city centre will be covered by November 2018.

A team of wi-fi helpers will be in Sheffield city centre to show people how to access Sheffield Free Wi-Fi for the first time.

Idaq will also use the network to provide a range of exciting cutting-edge ultrafast broadband products and services to the residents and businesses of Sheffield city centre.

The service will comply with the new General Data Protection Regulations giving users control over their personal data. Users can be confident that personally identifiable data needed to provide the service, will not be sold to third parties.

People who use the Wi-Fi  will be provided with “private VLAN” technology  which means they will have  a more secure internet browsing experience.

Councillor Mazher Iqbal, cabinet member for business and investment, said: “It is fitting that we are launching the city’s first free Wi-Fi on World Wi-Fi Day. Having this provision means that we can attract more businesses and visitors into our brilliant and thriving city centre with a wi-fi provision that is better than many other core cities.

“This announcement will help Sheffield to fulfil its digital ambitions. We are already the city with the most rapidly growing digital sector and now we are on the verge of having a free city wi-fi package that will benefit businesses, visitors and residents alike.”

Mark Roebuck, Director of IDAQ Networks Ltd, said: “This year has been very exciting for us as well as being very demanding.

“We are pleased to have built Phase 1 of what we believe will be the biggest and most comprehensive city Wi-Fi project in the UK. We are now working on the roll out of the remainder of the project. I hope people enjoy using the free service and that it delivers increased opportunities to the people and businesses in the city centre.”

Diane Jarvis, Sheffield BID manager, said: “We believe that free Wi-Fi will drive greater footfall, supporting the high street and the local economy, and at the same time make it easier for visitors to access information about the city centre, such as retail and leisure attractions.

“The BID has lobbied for increased connectivity standards for Sheffield city centre for some time now and its fantastic news that the Wi-Fi is now available for the public and businesses to connect to. The BID looks forward to seeing other projects develop, which have been made possible thanks to increased connectivity in Sheffield city centre.”