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Mitie teams up with Sanctuary Housing to provide computer training to Essex residents

Press Release   •   Sep 13, 2017 09:30 BST

Helen Greenwood (centre), Head of Marketing and Community Investment for Mitie Property Management at the launch of the computer training courses.

13 September 2017

Mitie, the connected workspace and professional services business, has teamed up with Sanctuary Housing to provide computer training and equipment to Rayleigh & Rochford District Association for Voluntary Service (RRAVS).

Rayleigh and Rochford residents will learn how to make the most of the online world with brand new computer equipment and training courses, teaching the basics of the Internet and email, as part of a digital inclusion initiative. The two-hour Computer Access Training sessions will run for five weeks and also show residents how to edit pictures and use social media.

Mitie is working with Sanctuary Housing under an existing contract to provide a programme of planned maintenance to properties across the Rochford district over the coming months.

As everyday tasks such as paying utility bills, booking appointments and banking have moved online, digital inclusion initiatives help to build digital skills allowing them to have the same opportunities to engage with education, careers, healthcare and community information.

Gareth Allcock, Regional Manager at Mitie Property Management said: “Technology is something that should be accessible to people of all ages and we are happy to support local people in this way.

“This is another example of Mitie and Sanctuary Housing working together to improve the lives of residents.”

Chris Silvey, Sanctuary’s resident involvement officer, said: “The computer training courses have proved very popular and being able to use the latest technology can only increase that.

“We are extremely grateful to Mitie for providing the new equipment and look forward to seeing the benefits for our residents.”

Victoria Marzouki, partnerships and development manager at RRAVS, said: “We are delighted to be working with Sanctuary and Mitie on such a worthwhile project.

“This welcome donation will further strengthen our efforts to provide essential computer training in our community.”

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About Mitie

Mitie is a FTSE 250 business providing a wide range of facilities management and professional services, from real estate consultancy, project management, energy consultancy, compliance, risk assessment and security systems to cleaning, catering, engineering, technical and environmental services and a range of specialist services.

We work in partnership with organisations to deliver long-term savings, managing and maintaining some of the nation's most recognised landmarks for a range of blue-chip public and private sector customers.

We are the UK's largest Facilities Management Company, employing some 53,000 people across the country.

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