Free CambWifi helps young families

Being able to go online with free WiFi is having a huge impact on supporting young families in Cambridgeshire’s Children’s Centres.

The new CambWifi network is going live in 16 Children’s Centres across the county, provided by Cambridgeshire County Council through the Connecting Cambridgeshire programme.

Joanne Maxwell, manages The ArC, Chesterton and North Cambridge Children Centres in Cambridge, where 80 children and their families are supported intensively by Family Workers. North Cambridge Children’s Centres offer a range of sessions including new arrivals, children’s play, parenting courses and drop-in advice.

Some centres in Cambridgeshire share their sites with a nursery school and/or a community centre, which means they are busy meeting places for local families.

Joanne said: “Having CambWifi has made a huge impact on our work with families because it is much more accessible and easy to use. We encourage parents at our drop-in sessions to look things up for themselves such as job searches, information about benefits, housing applications and family health queries.

“This is the joy of being able to go online. It is fabulous that they are now able to do that with free CambWifi in our Children’s Centres.”

Most people use their own smart phones or tablets to access the Internet and the Children’s Centres are looking to set up a laptop for families to use on site.

CambWifi is safe and simple to use, with security filters that block unsuitable sites. Users only need to register once to be logged in automatically in all CambWifi locations.

More than 100 public buildings have gone live with CambWifi, with more to come across the county. Visit to view a map and list of locations, with details of how to join the network.