The Hofn redevelopment is nearing the end. We are now just waiting for floor coverings and then it should be good to go! The youngsters are using it at the moment but I’m sure they will all agree that it will be really nice when it is finished and kitted out with the new furniture.
Janette Mackie from the Citizensonline Get I T Together programme has been out to Westray again, and had some really great sessions with older members of the community. Watch out for request for I-pads as Christmas presents this year – there will be an I-pad beginners course starting at the back end of October, as well as a beginners course for laptops or PCs. Both of these will be very informal and you will learn what you want to know, at your own pace. There is still time to sign up. Contact Corinne at the trust office if you are interested, or watch out for notices.
We are still waiting for the 6 new computers to be installed at the Learning Centre. What is taking time is that we have to wait for OIC, UHI, and Orkney College to all coordinate on this, as the big news is that there will be wifi installed there – that means that folk will also be able to use their own laptops.
Also, if you live in social housing (OIC, or OHAL) and don’t have internet but want it, let either Corinne or Janette (07788 395859) know, as there may be some assistance available.
WP and WDT have now appointed a consultant to carry out the business review and feasibility study at Westray Processors. Colin Clark has already made his first visit to Westray. We expect to get the results of this study back soon.
Janette Mackie from the citizensonline Get IT together project is coming back out to Westray on September 11th and 12th to help anyone who either wants to get online, or do more online. There are also plans for more sessions later in the year, such as “doing your Christmas shopping online” and using Skype to keep in contact with family outwith Orkney. Janette will be visiting the Auk club on 12th September as well to show people how they can use the latest technology.
During September there will also be a Learning Centre drop-in (for any help with training enquiries, computer use, getting online, etc) :
Wednesday 2.00 to 3.30 and Thursday 2.00 to 3.30 pm
New computers for the Learning Centre are expected to arrive soon, thanks to Orkney College, and there have been requests for an evening session for general computer learning.
There has been a lot of demand for this, and the first meeting about the charity shop has been held. There is interest in running a shop like the “Blue Door” in Kirkwall, where groups take turns in managing it. The biggest problem at the moment is the lack of suitable premises. An advertisement has been put up in shop windows asking if anyone can help out – even with temporary use of an unoccupied house for example.