Wednesday, 31 October 2012



Local residents can learn how to access an array of new skills – and improve their knowledge – thanks to an initiative at the Thanet Gateway Plus.

The ‘Do Something New Day’ will take place on Tuesday 4 December, and has been set up to help people who currently lack confidence when taking on new challenges.

Those who feel anxious about Information and Communication Technology (ICT) skills will find the day particularly beneficial. Information on joining ICT courses will be available and visitors will be able to receive guidance on how to make the most of technology without being fearful.
But the Do Something New Day isn’t just about ICT. Nine organisations will be represented at the Gateway Plus, including the Citizens Advice Bureau and Thanet Volunteer Bureau.

For those seeking support about improving their job prospects, the National Careers Service will be offering one-to-one sessions on effective CV creation. And for budding business people, representatives from the Kent Foundation for Young Entrepreneurs will deliver 15-minute workshops on ‘Introduction to Enterprise’.
Those who lack confidence with – or wish to improve – their literacy and numeracy skills will find help from TGB Learning – one of the UK’s leading charitable youth and adult learning organisations.

NHS health trainers will also be on hand, imparting advice about getting the most from life by making small differences. And people with disabilities will find plenty on offer, with advice from the Thanet Disability Drop-in Centre being available.

Representatives from Sportsnet – the initiative designed to encourage people with learning disabilities to participate in mainstream sport – will also be present.

Thanet District Council’s Cabinet Member for Business Services, Cllr Michelle Fenner, said: “In a fast-changing world, many people can easily feel excluded through no fault of their own. The problem can be compounded by a lack of self-confidence, sadly leading many to never realise their own potential.

“However, by attending the Do Something New Day, residents can discover a whole new world, and gain confidence. Maybe some people want to use the internet to access services, or possibly improve their literacy and numeracy to get a job. It’s never too late to learn, and we hope to make the day as inclusive and accessible as possible. Whatever your needs, someone will be available to offer excellent advice.”

Organisations at the Thanet Gateway Plus, Cecil Street, Margate on Tuesday 4 December are:
  • Kent Adult Education
  • Citizens Advice Bureau
  • Thanet Disability Drop-in Centre
  • NHS Health Trainers
  • Kent Foundation for Young Entrepreneurs
  • National Careers Service
  • Sportsnet Group
  • TG Peer Associates
  • Volunteer Bureau.

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