Boost for deprived area of city

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A DEPRIVED Sheffield neighbourhood will be given access to state-of-the-art technology at a new centre.

Soar, a community regeneration charity, is opening a digital media centre in Parson Cross today in a bid to help bring the area into the 21st century.

Community and residents groups and other organisations in the area - ranked in the top 10pc of deprived neighbourhoods in the UK - will get the chance to use the latest technology and gadgets, along with video conference facilities from the base.

Those who attend will to learn photography, video and editing skills and access equipment they might not have the opportunity to use otherwise.

The Lord Mayor of Sheffield and MP David Blunkett will be the guests of honour at the opening ceremony, which coincides with a facts and fun day.

The project is supported financially by the European Union and has had more than £1 million in investment.

A spokeswoman for Soar said: “The Government ranks the Parson Cross neighbourhood as deprived based on income, employment, health, education, crime and business start-ups. Over half the adults in the area have no qualifications. Unemployment is more than double the national average and household income is lower than the regional average.”