Redbridge service launches IT suite

iconA newly refurbished IT learning centre has been unveiled for local people engaged with R3, a Blenheim parternship project in Redbridge which provides advice, treatment and support to people whose lives are affected by drug or alcohol use. Part of the project supports people who have overcome addiction with finding employment and developing relevant skills to help rebuild their lives.

Staff, volunteers and peer mentors at the service are delighted with the new range of digital learning resources which includes a suite of high performance PCs, colour printers and a 40” interactive whiteboard.

The new facilities will create a multi-purpose space, enabling the R3 team to host training sessions and group workshops, teach IT skills needed in the workplace and offer access to interactive and inspiring content such as online tutorials.

Helen Chitty, team manager at R3 Education Training & Employment (ETE), said:

“This is a great addition to our busy and vibrant service, allowing us to provide access to high speed, high tech equipment for our service users and help them develop skills and confidence. The much-needed upgraded equipment will support service users with job searches, CV writing and other skills training to aid them in their next steps of recovery as well as offer opportunities for learning and stimulated discussion through watching documentaries and motivational talks.

“It will make a big difference in the work we do supporting service users into finding education, training and employment as part of their recovery.”

img_2919The new IT suite was created with the support of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists, (WCIT) which awarded a grant of £4,500 to Blenheim, in addition to donating additional second-hand equipment and arranging expert volunteers to help implement the project successfully. WCIT is one of the Livery Companies of the City of London; a historic network of philanthropic organisations associated with London’s ancient trade associations and guilds.

WCIT member Steve Smith, who volunteered on the project said:

“It is wonderful to see Information Technology being put to such good use and helping very deserving people to move forward in their lives.”

The upgraded suite will be used by adults of all ages living in Redbridge, who have overcome addiction to alcohol and drugs and been living substance free for six months. Many people have been out of employment for long periods and need support to help get back on their feet. R3’s ETE services include help with attaining qualifications in vocational skills such as construction and computing, CV writing and job search, and brushing up on interview technique.

As gaining employment in the current economic climate can be challenging regardless of background, R3 ETE’s holistic approach seeks to build every client’s confidence and self-esteem through one-to-one, group and peer support. Jobseekers can even pick up an impressive outfit for their job interviews, from R3 ETE’s ‘Walk in Wardrobe’ scheme, which collects donations of businesswear clothing from local residents and businesses.

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