THE benefits of modern technology have come to the fore in Hoole Community Centre, thanks to a charity’s installation of free Wi-Fi.
The Public Safety Charitable Trust (PCST) has helped Hoole Community Centre by providing the site with free Wi-Fi access for a year.
And one of those to gain from the technology boost was University of Chester computer science student John Hatton, who has been there on a work-based learning placement.
In the past five weeks, the 19-year-old helped develop a bespoke website for the centre to promote its activities and raise awareness in the community.
John has also been busy researching the history of Hoole and the community centre to find content for the website. He then created a design for it and added features such as maps, directions and images.
Both John’s and the trust’s assistance will help progress the centre’s aim to move toward a more sustainable business plan.
Mark Ferguson, PCST co-founder and trustee, said: “We’re headquartered in Chester, so being able to help like this in our own community is fantastic.
“Hoole Community Centre is a wonderful example of how we can facilitate growth and learning in local communities through providing free Wi-Fi technology, and in this instance people from all age groups will benefit.”
The PCST’s work was complemented by a donation of two refurbished computers by Chester company 4Site IT Solutions.
Andrea Mageean, of Cheshire West and Chester Council’s partnerships and area working team, said: “Thanks to the trust, our Wi-Fi access will really help us in our plans to become more of a community hub with an educational focus.”