Gasyard’s new online role

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Derry’s Gasyard Development Trust is to play a key role in getting more people online.

This week’s launch of the ‘BT Connected Communities’ initiative in Derry takes digital inclusion to a whole new level, says Peter Morris, BT Consumer Director.

The programme, which is supporting a number of leading voluntary partner organisations across Ireland will, through investment and allocation of resources, manage and support a network of learning communities.

It also amounts to a commitment by BT equivalent to £600,000 in financial support and support in kind.

Peter Morris said: “We are delighted to be working with the Gasyard Development Trust and supporting the great work that is being carried out at the centre.

“This relationship supports our commitment to the area through our partnership with the Derry~Londonderry UK City of Culture and the deployment of our fibre-based broadband through the city by autumn 2011.”

Linda McKinney, Centre Manager at the Gasyard Development Trust, added: “The BT Connected Communities programme provides much needed resources such as access to computer equipment, internet access and training open to all residents within the Triax area.

“These are vital tools to engage and empower the wider community.

“The Gasyard Development Trust is delighted to be associated with BT in this exciting new venture.”

BT has enlisted the help of Microsoft to bring additional resources to each of the groups participating in the scheme.