Groups invited to bid for computers

COMMUNITY and voluntary groups are being asked to bid for computers which are surplus to the city council’s needs.

A total of 300 reconditioned personal computers are on offer. Funding from the Mayoral Development Fund was made available to refresh the computers.

 They will be used specifically to deliver projects which will build the skills, knowledge and capacity – in areas such as computer skills, budgeting, job seeking and CV writing – of local and vulnerable residents in the city to improve their quality of life

The Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, said: “We want to make sure that no-one in our city has their life chances reduced because they are excluded from access to a computer.  Many of us take our PC use for granted but for some of our vulnerable residents it’s a luxury they cannot afford.

“The best way we can make sure that as many people as possible can have access is for those community and voluntary groups which help people improve their skills to be given more help so we are making these computers available to them.”

The computers will be installed with Windows 7, Microsoft Office and internet connectivity.  It should be noted that they have no support or maintenance package attached and are distributed as seen.Organisations are being invited to submit their project proposal for the use of the computers in line with a set of priorities.  Information about the priorities, eligibility criteria  and an online link for applications, is available at http://liverpool.gov.uk/business/finance-funding-and-grants/community-funding-and-grants/computers-for-communities/.

Initially the maximum number of computers available for any one organisation is five and the closing date for submissions is 31 October.

 If you need any assistance with the application form please ring the Community Resource Unit on 0151 233 4436.

 

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