A Wiltshire pub has launched a free digital hub to support community wellbeing.

 

The Green Dragon at Market Lavington placed the digital hub in its function room, which also contains a skittle alley.

The hub includes a laptop computer, printer, big screen TV, and three tablets with free WiFi. Each of the products will be available to anyone who needs access to services such as browsing the internet, printing documents or downloading a newspaper or other content.

All of the pub's food and drink facilities will be available within the hub as well.

The licensees behind the scheme, Steve and Nicky Wragg, have been running the Wadworth's tenancy for fifteen-and-a-half years and had been keen to create a space for the rural community as well as providing a useful service.

They contacted Pub is The Hub for advice and the regional advisor, Reg Clarke, helped them to pull the scheme together with support from Wiltshire County Council.

In addition, Pub is The Hub has supported the scheme with a small grant from its own Community Services Fund.

 

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Nicky explained: "The age profile of Market Lavington is of an older population and we want to help some of the local resident to get online and improve their digital skills. This new service is for those who want to book their health appointments online, speak to their family on Skype or even just print out airline tickets.

"The equipment is accessible as long as the pub is open, from 9am to 11pm every day, and we can be around to support anyone who wishes to use it. The idea is that we will also set up some training courses and will subscribe to online libraries and newspapers if the demand is there.

"We would not have been able to pull this together if it hadn't been for the support of Pub is The Hub and their grant."

Reg Clarke from Pub is The Hub added: "As more useful and essential services go online it is becoming ever more important to help everyone, of any age, with their digital skills.

"In a rural area where older or more vulnerable people can become isolated and lonely this sort of scheme brings them into a social environment that is warm, welcoming and open seven days a week. I wish Steve and Nicky well for this inspirational idea."

To mark the launch of the scheme, Helen Bradley and Ruth Hill from the Wordfest Charity, presented a short talk about their work in adult literacy and supporting digital skills (see below).

 

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