Geldeston Village Hall
Geldeston Village Hall was awarded a grant of £2,557 from the Norfolk Community Fund in 2012 to set up an internet cafe and computer skills training.
The treasurer of the village hall committee is a retired IT instructor and leads the project on a voluntary basis. The internet cafe opens on Tuesdays 9.30am – 4.30pm, incorporating a structured training session where beginners can receive support from the instructor. The project primarily benefits retired and older residents, many of whom have not used a computer before and are keen to learn how to use the internet and email safely to keep in contact with friends and family, and undertake practical tasks such as shopping or paying a bill.
The café attracts around 10 users per week, ranging from those who have never touched a computer before, to those keen to learn how to work with digital photos, as well as general internet and email use. One member celebrated her 90th birthday at the village hall, and was able to see and speak to her relatives in Canada via Skype. With the IT skills gained, local residents are keen to develop a village website and literature on the local area and its history.