Keynsham's Community@67 internet café volunteers immortalised
Volunteers at Keynsham's community centre, Community@67, have been presented with an artwork from one of their internet café and IT training users. Pam Savage has immortalised seven of the volunteers in portraits, capturing them in watercolour pencil in an artwork which will be displayed on the wall at the Queen's Road community centre. She plans to add other volunteers to the picture as they join.
The internet café and IT training sessions have been run by volunteers at the community centre for almost a year. Free to attend, users can receive one-to-one help with computers, software and internet issues, can follow free elearning courses or attend guided training sessions in different aspects of computers from Facebook to eBay and Excel.
Catherine Dhanjal, pictured top right in the picture, says, "We now have a great team of volunteers and have already helped around 80 people with IT queries. All our volunteers and users have great fun and learn lots from each other in the sessions. It's fantastic to see people improve their IT skills and to become more confident, whether it's to communicate with relatives abroad using Skype or email, or to get better deals with online shopping."
The free sessions are open to anyone aged 18+ and run every Monday evening 7-9pm and Friday mornings 9-12. The centre is now seeking more IT volunteers, particularly for the Monday evening slots.
People who wish to attend the IT sessions or to join the friendly band of volunteers should contact Clare Hudson, Chair of Community@67 (top left of the picture) on Tel: 07737 742300 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Top left: Clare Hudson; top right: Catherine Dhanjal
Bottom left to right: Dave Cable, Mark Radford, Denis McColgan, John Hudson, Christina Smith