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New IT suite launched for the Hammersmith and Fulham community

A new IT suite has been unveiled for local people at the Drug and Alcohol Wellbeing Service (DAWS) in Hammersmith and Fulham, a partnership service, which provides advice, treatment and support to people whose lives are affected by drug or alcohol use. The new IT equipment will support people who are in recovery and the wider community with finding employment, education and developing relevant skills to help rebuild their lives.

Staff, volunteers and peer mentors at the service are delighted with the new laptops with the latest operating system that will give service users the opportunity to learn on the most advanced technology.

A peer mentor that has already benefited through the programme said:

“I am extremely proud to be able to support other people through their recovery journeys as I know how hard it can be. Thanks to DAWS ETE and their support I am now working as a steward at The Oval Cricket Ground, which I love and trying out lots of new things!”

The new facilities will create a multi-purpose space, enabling the DAWS 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.

Harjinder Bansil, Senior ETE Project Worker at DAWS, 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

Harjinder Bansil, Senior ETE Project Worker

confidence. The much-needed upgraded equipment will support service users with job searches, CV writing and other skills to aid them in their next steps of recovery as well as offer opportunities for learning.

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

The new IT suite was created with the generous support of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists, (WCIT) which awarded a grant of £5,000 to Blenheim for the equipment. 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 Jason Scott-Taggart cutting the ribbon

WCIT member Jason Scott-Taggart, who attend the launch 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 DAWS ETE team offer free, personalised support including; looking for work, getting back to education, work experience, volunteer placements, learning new skills for people in the City of Westminster, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, or the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham.

If you haven’t accessed treatment before or think a 12 week employability and volunteer programme might suit you better have a look at Learn2Earn.

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