Program forges community links

Courtesy of Torch Publishing - 1/6/2005

Program forges community links


torch_01062005_article (1)Karl Saleh and Department of Housing Area Manager Ray Brincat at the launch of the Internet Club with participants Mohammed Amer and Hanna Diab. Photo by Wendy Kimpton.

Public housing tenants are honing their websurfing through a new initiative organised by the Central Sydney South Regional Tenant Resource Service.

The service has launched the Tenants Internet Club to help tenants in the Canterbury Area to gain access to and navigate the Internet and build online skills.

Once finished, participants receive a certificate of completion for Computer and Internet Introduction Course.

Canterbury Councillor Karl Saleh, project coordinator for the TRS said the program helps community groups extend their online activities and communicate with like-minded people.

“Tenants with a disability, as well as seniors from Arabic and non-English speaking backgrounds, unemployed people, those outside the education system and recent migrants would all benefit from the program,” he said.

The key object of the club is to stimulate the development of online groups to discuss matters of interest to the tenants.

“To this end, all online facilities of the program are available to all participants to use free of charge,” Cr Saleh said.

The project, believed to be the first and only Arab language Internet service in New South Wales, was launched by sponsors the Department of Housing at the TRS Centre at Riverwood last Wednesday.

For details on becoming involved phone the TRS on 9584 8473.