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 BT Community Connections Award – Press Release

  The internet support network, has been awarded an NEC internet ready PC and a contribution towards one year’s internet access as part of the BT Community Connections award scheme. In addition Microsoft Office 2007 software is included as part of the winning package.

The scheme, now in its fourth year, has awarded more than 5,000 IT packages to thousands community groups across the UK, benefiting over five million people, opening up a world of marketing, training, recruitment, fundraising, communications and networking possibilities to receipients.

The Agoraphobia Support Network was among thousands that entered the award scheme across the UK and impressed judges on how a PC would benefit their group immediately and the wider local community long term.

Project Manager Kevin Brooks said:

“We plan to use this award to continue and improve our services to those needing assistance. As well as offer support to those connected in some way to the panic disorder and social phobia, agoraphobia. The website was initially designed and developed to enlighten others to the illness and to connect sufferers so that they could discuss their problems and share solutions. The website, set up in 2004, has since generated over 3,000 visitors from across the UK and even as far as Canada and Malaysia. The website has been entirely funded by Diane and at times financial restraints have threatened the closure of the website. The award from BT Community Connections will allow us to continue to host the website and give us better IT equipment to ensure we improve the service to users.”

 Beth Courtier, head of BT’s charity programme said: “This award scheme aims to give us as many people as possible access to the internet and allows groups to develop their projects using easier and more effective methods. Following the overwhelming success of BT Community Connections in previous years, BT is delighted to continue making a difference to many more community groups throughout the area who wouldn’t normally have access to the world wide web”

Applications for this round of the BT Community Connections award closed on 15th February 2007.

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