Beginner computer (ICT) lessons for the community kicked off last week (21 September) at Rose Hill Community Centre. Already 11 students have enrolled on the course, some of whom are also taking English for beginners’ classes (ESOL) at the centre.
The ICT and ESOL classes are a joint project between City of Oxford College and the community centre. The college has provided the tutor and the community centre the space.
On top of this, Oxford Computer Consultants donated the desktops, and Rose Hill Community Association gave the Wi-Fi dongles and provided carpets.
Councillor Dee Sinclair, Board Member for Culture and Communities, said: “It's great to see organisations coming together for the benefit of the local community, providing space, equipment and expertise for residents to learn vital IT skills. And this is only one of many courses on offer at Rose Hill Community Centre.”
Andy Marshall, Director of Employability and Stakeholders at City of Oxford College, said: "City of Oxford College, part of Activate Learning, has been pleased to work with the Council to provide a teacher to deliver this to a group of 11 students from many backgrounds at Rose Hill Community Centre. This is part of a range of initiatives, including the teaching of English language to Syrian refugees at the College, where working together with the Council is allowing us to better support those living in the city."
Lois Muddiman, Project Manager at Oxford Computer Consultants, said: “We are delighted to be supporting community education in Rose Hill by donating eight computers to Rose Hill Community Centre. We hope they will be used widely by many different groups.”
Carol Davies, Chair of the Rose Hill Community Association, said: “We used to run the old community centre and wanted to leave a mark on the new one too by donating the dongles and flooring because the association is still active in Rose Hill."
There are still some spaces available for the ICT class and anyone who would like to learn how to make the most of shopping and/or researching on the internet is invited to register. People can sign up at RHCC’s reception or by calling 01865 749597.