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Digivan III hits the streets of SE1

London SE1 website team

Bankside was the setting for Thursday's launch of the Peabody Trust's latest Digivan, a mobile IT centre that will visit Peabody estates across SE1 as well as local job centres.


The Digivan III is a custom built mobile classroom that offers computer-based training to people in isolated urban areas free of charge. Bring learning, vocational and job search opportunities to the neighbourhoods where it is needed the most, the Peabody Trust hopes that it will an example to training providers across the UK and beyond.

All of the Peabody estates in Southwark will benefit directly from this Digivan, including estates on Blackfriars Road, Great Guildford Street, Marshalsea Road, Southwark Street, Webber Row, Walworth and at Bricklayers Arms.

Residents can call 0800 587 8215 to find out when the Digivan will be their area. The van will regularly visit Job Centres to deliver on the spot CV help and job search surgeries, targeting those who have been unemployed for a long time. It will also visit social housing estates to provide learning and employment support.

The latest Digivan is part of a three-strong fleet, providing training and ICT facilities across London. Peabody Trust mobile ICT centres have been used by the DfES, the Prime Minister's Cabinet office and the Mayor of London's office to publicise use of ICT and the Internet.

The new Digivan III contains 10 workstations with the latest hi-spec ICT equipment, smartboards and a satellite system for internet access. The Digivans are also accessible to wheelchairs. An in-built generator ensures the Digivan III is self-sufficient and can locate anywhere in London, delivering on-line and tutor-led learning, training and job search surgeries.

Maura Santos, director of community regeneration at Peabody Trust, commented: "The launch of Digivan III means that Peabody Trust can extend learning and employment support even further across London, reaching into the heart of communities where these opportunities are scarce. As a charity, we intend to continue tackling poverty in London, pioneering innovative ways to help people become economically active."

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