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Ismail Loonat  and Angela Barker outside Batley Post Office which has been given money to provide IT training. (d611a352)

Ismail Loonat and Angela Barker outside Batley Post Office which has been given money to provide IT training. (d611a352)

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Customers at Batley Post Office can pick up IT skills along with their stamps under a new scheme.

The branch in Upper Commercial Street has been awarded a grant to deliver new training to people in the community, including children who need extra mentoring and support with their schoolwork.

It is one of 25 branches across England chosen as recipients of a grant worth up to £10,000 from the Community Enterprise Fund for their outstanding plans to support local people and businesses, and to tackle isolation amongst the elderly.

It will hold ‘Get Online’ events to show people how to use a computer and the internet to access key government services and wider e-learning courses.

The training will be available to all members of the community but in particular to older people and children. Working with the charity, ‘’, it will also encourage local volunteers with mental health issues to come forward and get involved, to reduce isolation in the community.

Ismail Loonat, from Batley Post Office, said: “I am delighted to receive this funding, which I know will go a long way towards helping improve our branch’s offer of support and services to our customers.

“We know our branch holds an important place in this community, and I hope that our customers will welcome this announcement as good news for everyone in the area.

“I encourage anyone who has questions or wants to get involved to pop into the branch to have a chat with us.”

Post Office chief executive Paula Vennells said: “The Post Office is at the heart of communities across the country and our sub-postmasters understand how they can make a real impact on their customers’ lives.

“The Community Enterprise Fund builds on this unique role, enabling 25 branches to provide additional services designed around the needs of local people and businesses, such as helping the elderly to access support during cold winters and giving people access to the internet and computer training.”

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