The Government recently announced €319,066 in digital access funding for community groups in Roscommon and Galway as part of a €6.85 million investment nationwide.
The funding was announced by Minister Simon Harris to increase online access for community education under the Department for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science.
Welcoming the news, Senator Aisling Dolan said the funding would provide support for community groups who have felt the impact of the digital divide.
“I’m delighted to see €20,000 in funds to Moore Community Council, close to €8,000 for Monksland Active Retirement, €4,000 for Monksland Community group as well as supports for Lisacul Reminisence club. The Family Resource Centres in Ballaghaderreen, South Roscommon and Castlerea will also receive close to €20,000, along with funding for Men’s Sheds in Ballaghadereen and Castlerea as well as the Women’s Shed in Strokestown. Roscommon Leader Partnership, Brothers of Charity and Ability West have also been successful,” she said.
“Close to 20 per cent of people in Ireland have literacy difficulties. This means that a lot of people can’t access their full supports, or might not be able to take the best care of themselves or loved ones when ill.
“Low literacy levels are proven to show a huge impact on health outcomes, social disadvantage and lead to exclusion. The first step might be to help improve reading, writing or language skills.
“To find out more, freephone 1800 20 20 65 or text LEARN to 50050 and a great team at NALA (National Adult Literacy Association) can give you all the options on Adult Literacy for Life and Computer Skills”.