Cyber cafe launching in Horham following grants

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A new project intending to educate the rural community about using computers and information technology is set to launch in Horham next week, after receiving more than £4,000 in grant funding.

Unofficially called the Horham Cyber Café, it will begin next Wednesday at Horham and Athelington Village Hall, coinciding with the venue’s regular coffee mornings, to help attendees learn useful skills such as desktop publishing, photo editing, and using Skype and social media.

The project was boosted after recently being awarded £3,194 from the Awards4All National Lottery Fund, and £1,000 from The Red Nose Day Fund, to go towards paying for computer equipment.

Christine Cooper, one of the project organisers, said: “Many older people reported that they felt the pace of technology was leaving them behind. This is a rural area with poor transport links and an ageing population.

“Our project aims to meet the expressed learning need of our coffee morning customers and to enable them to become competent and empowered silver surfers.”

The Cyber Café is currently set to take place ever Wednesday from 10.30am until approximately noon.