Pounds 2.25m for Community Internet Use; SURFING THE NET: Lottery Funds Will Allow New Users to Gain Confidence

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LOTTERY funds of pounds 2,250,205 are to pay for community access to internet-linked computers at centres across Wales.

The New Opportunities Fund distributor announced yesterday that the money will help to attract 6,500 users to 31 new learning centres over the next three years.

Local libraries will also have new technology for local residents.

Free tuition in computer skills will be given, to help users gain confidence in using the internet, writing documents and sending e-mails.

Advanced users will be introduced to more sophisticated software packages, such as desktop publishing.

John Thomas, of the Isle of Anglesey County Council, said he was delighted to have secured more than pounds 137,000 under the Community Access to Lifelong Learning Programme.

"This is a huge project bringing together many partners including learning providers, agencies and support bodies.

"It will bring learning opportunities into the heart of this community and enable them to get a world-wide perspective on all sorts of things via the access to the web. …