Southampton charity, Northam 521 Project, has benefitted from the installation of eight computers and three laptops by IT specialist, Blue Chip, working in conjunction with Canford School as part of its Mentoring Programme.
Richard Cook, Managing Director at Blue Chip said: “Canford School has worked alongside the Northam 521 Project, which benefits youths aged between 5 and 21 years, for more than a decade. As one of the School’s long standing business supporters of the Project, we were approached to install the new IT equipment in order to create a facility for regular contact between Canford pupils and members of the Project in a controlled and safe environment.
“This supports the School’s Mentoring Programme which allows Canford pupils to offer more than time and attention on a few activity weekends throughout the year and develop a more significant and long term link with 521 members. Regular contact through email, allowing both parties to share information and experiences, will play a significant role.”
The Northam 521 Project (now part of the wider City Reach Youth Project encompassing neighbouring St Mary’s and Holyrood), also provides an opportunity for members to take part in a range of activities such as activity weekends, summer camps, theatre visits, trips for the elderly and joint fundraising campaigns.
Pupils and 521 members have travelled as far as Tanzania to take part in a building project at an orphanage for which they had jointly raised funds.
Cook adds: “Young people have an affinity with digital communication and the introduction of the computers and laptops is expected to greatly enhance the Mentoring Programme.”
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