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Newham's Carpenters Connect Project Kicks Off

Carpenters Connect

24 October 2002

Newham’s Carpenters Connect project is set to launch on Thursday 14th November with a large scale party for the residents of the borough’s 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 College
Carpenters and Docklands Centre
Carpenters Road Tenant Management Organsiation
Carpenters School
G-Cluster
Internet Vision
Media Trust
Microsoft
NeosNetworks
Newham Council
Newham College of Further Education
Newham.net
Newham Sixth Form College
Pace
The University of East London

Newham Council has entered the project for the Local Government Chronicle's Community Initiative of the Year Award.

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