Sun. Jul 5th, 2020

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Connected Communities Programme launched by WightFibre

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Through the Connected Communities Programme WightFibre will fully or part fund the installation, rental and ongoing costs associated with bringing WightFibre’s full- fibre, ultrafast, future-proof broadband into community hub locations and charitable organisations offices on the Island.

WightFibre announce the launch of their Connected Communities Programme. A programme aimed at supporting the important work of local, small to medium sized not-for-profit and community focused groups and charities across the Island – bringing a different kind of broadband to them and the communities they serve.

Through the Connected Communities Programme WightFibre will fully or part fund the installation, rental and ongoing costs associated with bringing WightFibre’s full- fibre, ultrafast, future-proof broadband into community hub locations and charitable organisations offices on the Island.

The programme is led by Daniel Taylor, Digital Inclusion Officer at WightFibre, also known as ‘Digi-Dan’, who for almost five years prior to joining WightFibre was a well- known face at Age UK Isle of Wight (AUKIW). Who comments: “I am really excited by the launch of this programme, which will work to support many Island charities
and community groups as we expand our full-fibre network. Having worked at Age UKIW running a Lottery funded Digital Inclusion project I have not only seen first- hand the difference technology can make to people’s lives, but also the challenges faced by groups working across our community.”

To be eligible to apply, organisations must meet a simple set of criteria, which includes: having a permanent base on the Island located within WightFibre’s rapidly expanding network and an ability to demonstrate a focus on improving the lives of people living on the Island. Full details of the programme and how to apply can be found at: www.wightfibre.com/connected-communities-programme/ with all applications considered on individual merits.

Within the programme, Dan will also provide free face-to-face support and tailored training for volunteers, helping organisations to become digitally skilled to better serve those they work hard to support across their communities.

John Irvine, CEO of WightFibre adds: “Working with and supporting the Island’s communities has always been a key part of our ‘because we care’ ethos, something which is at the heart of the company’s identity and now even more important during the COIVID-19 pandemic. Connected Communities is also one more step on the way to making the Island one of the best connected places in the world for everyone who lives here.”

As a business WightFibre has a proud history of supporting charities and good causes, from Musical Theatre Workshops, Youth Football and Isle of Wight Day to the IW Radio Toy Appeal, Star Wars Charity events, the Foodbank and more.