24 October 2002
Newhams Carpenters Connect project is set to launch on Thursday 14th November with a large scale party for the residents of the boroughs Carpenters Estate.
A partnership project, it is funded mainly by the Department for Education and Skills £10 million Wired-up Communities programme. A government initiative that aims to help bridge the digital divide by providing access to new technologies including broadband and iTV.
The Newham project is believed to be unique in both the range of services it offers and the community involvement that has helped create it, and includes an iDTV network, Internet and a walled garden Intranet.
Tee Fabikun, Chair of Carpenters Tenant Management Organisations says:
"Carpenters Connect is like a dream come true. Apart from being one of the best of the Wired-Up programmes, it has brought together otherwise multicultural and diverse ethnic groups working together in perfect harmony.
Several high profile guests are set to attend the event including Mayor of Newham Sir Robin Wales, and Stephen Timms, Minister of State for E-Commerce and Competitiveness.
For more information about the project visit www.newham.org.uk/wired
To find out more about the DfEs Wired Up Communities initiative visit www.dfes.gov.uk/wired/index.shtml
The Carpenters Connect partnership is:
Carpenters and Docklands Centre
Carpenters Road Tenant Management Organsiation
Newham College of Further Education
Newham Sixth Form College
The University of East London
Newham Council has entered the project for the Local Government Chronicle's Community Initiative of the Year Award.