One of the downsides to the refurbishment of Rothesay library is the gap of losing public access to the internet and being unable to access your e-mail during the closure of the facility.
Now a local voluntary organisation is working to fill this gap. Bute Connections, the new Social Enterprise which is now responsible for the Green Tree Café at the Moat Centre, has been successful in an application to the BT Community Connections award scheme.
Currently there are nine million people in the UK who have never used the internet. BT Community Connections is an award scheme which offers community groups the chance to get online and help people discover the wonders of the internet.
The success of the Bute Connections application will allow the social enterprise organisation to provide a broadband Wifi connection in the Green Tree Café for local people who are new to the internet or do not have access at home.
Bute Connections Director, David Rennie, said “We are delighted with this award, which has come at a very opportune time.
“We are working hard to have broadband installed within the next week, and while we do not have the number of computers available as the library, we hope we can fill the gap and keep local residents connected.”
Longer term, Bute Connections will be providing training to people who are unfamiliar with new technology.
This will supplement other initiatives in the Green Tree Café, which currently runs a range of activities including lunch clubs for older people and training on health and nutrition for families and young people.
* Meanwhile, this week sees the first visit to Rothesay of a mobile library facility to fill the literary gap created by the refurbishment work.
A mobile library will be located in King Street between 10am and 3.30pm on the following Thursdays: February 24, March 10, March 24 and April 7. For further information telephone (01700) 503266 or 501378.
The upgrading work at Rothesay Library began on February 15 and is expected to last for six to eight weeks.