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Sunshine Surfers Internet Cafe Launched at Sunshine House
Monday 12th April, 2010

Sunshine Surfers Internet Cafe Launched at Sunshine House
Natalie Jones with Mark Winnard, Amberloch Day Centre

Monday morning blues are soon to become a thing of the past in Scholes, thanks to an initiative by Wigan Council Adult Services that has united the whole community.

Sunshine Surfers, an internet café, situated at Sunshine House Community Centre will open its doors for the very first time on Monday April 12th and every Monday from 10am until 12noon.

The facilities are open to anyone living in the Borough. Simply pay £1 entrance fee to access any of the 14 computers, surf the internet, develop computer skills and meet new people. It’s an opportunity to learn together, have help compiling a CV, make new friends and enjoy light refreshments.

Sunshine House Community Centre is set to be the focal point of the community. Staff from Adult Services will work with people with learning disabilities from Mayfield Day Centre to run Sunshine Surfers. Together they will serve refreshments and many of these volunteers have even signed themselves up for a food hygiene qualification.

William Finch, Day Service Manager, Mayfield Day Centre says “We would like to thank all those involved in making this project a reality. Especially Mandy, Natalie and Liz who within their role of day service officers, working for the disability day services, are making valuing people now a reality. This morning, they proudly opened the internet café for the very first time, and, Sergeant Steve Hanley will gave a speech about the origins of the project.

“People were not aware that these facilities even existed. It’s a fantastic opportunity for service users to give back to the local community and feel part of it. It’s an excellent example of the whole community of working together in partnership with the centre itself involving Wigan Council Adult Services, people with learning disabilities, community police and the young offenders team. It has even gained interest from probation services.

“The initiative will be welcomed the local community; young mums and people who are out of work and wanting to learn computer skills and get help developing their CV.”

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