Community Access Points (CAPs)

Project information

Index: 1038R4
Acronym:E-COOP
Priority:1: Innovation and the knowledge economy
Sub Theme:the Information Society
Location UNITED KINGDOM EAST OF ENGLAND East Anglia Start/End date of the practice
Start: 2001

Topic of the practice

Digital uses

Good Practice Information

The network of Community Access Points was set up in 2001 to give rural communities access to the internet and training in online skills. The CAPs were established in community owned buildings or businesses which allowed the public to use the technology provider. Cambridgeshire County Council supports nowadays a network of around 50 Community Access Points (CAPs).
The project was aimed at rural communities which at the time had no or poor access to the information society and to communities where there was a lack of engagement with the online world. One of the key success factors has been to develop a strong network of volunteers.

Evidence of success

The first 3 years saw 6000 people gain skills in using the internet and online services. Since then there have been numerous other projects all with their own outputs which have been focused in CAPs. They currently have a network of around 60 volunteers linked to the CPAS and a few hundred linked to the specific projects that have and continue to be run at them.

Contact details to obtain further information on the practice

Rebecca Morgan

Community Access Points (CAPs)

rebecca.morgan@cambridgeshire.gov.uk

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