A cheque for £45,000 being presented by Mark Bassant

A cheque for £45,000 being presented by Mark Bassant

Kent based disability charity Compaid has been awarded a three year grant by the East Kent Freemasons to train disabled adults in computer skills.

The training will be delivered by a team of volunteers and staff at Compaid’s dedicated centre in Paddock Wood in Kent, as well as by a further team of Outreach trainers supporting people in their own homes and in day centres across the county.

The training centre in full use, with some of the adults being shown how to use the laptops.

The training centre in full use, with some of the adults being shown how to use the laptops.

The grant, totalling £45,000 over three years, will pay for two staff posts within the Training service, supporting over 250 disabled learners to gain skills in a variety of topics, such as use of social media, internet shopping, online safety and digital design.

Digital exclusion remains a key barrier for disabled people. Almost 50 per cent of disabled people do not use the internet regularly and 27 per cent never use it at all. This equates to more than 32,000 disabled people in Kent.

The grant from East Kent Freemasons comes through the Masonic Charitable Foundation, which is funded by Freemasons, their families and friends from across England and Wales. Stephen Elsden, Chief Executive at Compaid, said: “We’re very grateful to East Kent Freemasons for their generous grant which will help hundreds more disabled people to realise their dreams and aspirations by gaining skills and confidence with computers.”

Mark Bassant from East Kent Freemasons said: “We’re very pleased to be able to help Compaid who do outstanding work helping some of the most vulnerable people in our community get online, with all the opportunities the internet offers.”

Trained and skilled staff and volunteers provide one-to-one support, ensuring that service users can overcome the barriers of social, digital and economic exclusion.

Trained and skilled staff and volunteers provide one-to-one support, ensuring that service users can overcome the barriers of social, digital and economic exclusion.

The accessible transport service provides a vital lifeline to more than 1,200 vulnerable adults and children each year.

The accessible transport service provides a vital lifeline to more than 1,200 vulnerable adults and children each year.

About Compaid:
Compaid is the leading charity providing services to disabled people in the South East of England.
Every day their staff and volunteers work with hundreds of disabled and frail elderly people to help them overcome digital, social and financial exclusion.
Services range from digital skills training and music therapy, to accessible transport and more.
They are available across Kent and Medway, and into East Sussex.
For further information visit: http://www.compaid.org.uk

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