SCOUTS and their leaders in Guernsey have a brand new, high-speed internet network thanks to the Sure Community Foundation.
The foundation has provided the association’s Rue Maingy headquarters with a new £5,000 network infrastructure, comprising hard-wired internet and wifi.
Trainee centre manager Alastair Bulpitt said that the donation had transformed the place.
‘We are extremely grateful to Sure for this fantastic donation, which has literally changed the way we can operate at Rue Maingy. It makes an absolutely huge difference to the people who use the centre on a daily basis, our trainees, leaders and all the young people,’ said Mr Bulpitt.
Mr Bulpitt explained that the centre was given a new computer suite last year.
He said that Sure’s work to provide a 40Mb superfast broadband service and wifi covering most of the area, meant the facilities were more useable than before.
‘Use of the centre has increased so much in recent years – it’s not just for Scouts – that we were finding it increasingly difficult to cover the usage of the internet, which was very slow and unmanaged,’ he said.
‘It is also a great boost for those who use our facilities for presentations as they can now use the internet in there too.’
Service control manager Steve Ozanne, member of the Sure Community Foundation, said the foundation wanted to help the Guernsey Scout Association as they do so much for young people in the island.
‘They do a huge amount of work as a youth organisation within the Bailiwick, greatly contributing towards the local community. The Sure Community Foundation was very pleased to bring their headquarters into the 21st Century with a refreshed network infrastructure. In addition, I am delighted that our Sure Academy members were a key part of the installation team, alongside the established customer engineers,’ he said.
‘The new superfast broadband service is considerably quicker and has much better coverage. We hope that this new system will help things run a lot more smoothly for the Scouts and all other users of the centre at Rue Maingy.’
The project was carried out using the expertise of apprentices from the Sure Academy.
The Sure Academy is a two-year programme that allows apprentices to gain a unique and in depth understanding of the business before deciding in which area they want to specialise. They spend 12 months in residential technical support delivering products to domestic customers, six months in IP support working on residential and business products and six months within retail.