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Getting Shiregreen online


Published by Sophie Willett for Sanctuary Housing Association in Housing and also in Communities

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Computer savvy residents in Shiregreen are surfing the internet with ease, thanks to a generous £1,000 donation from Sanctuary's Grand Ideas Fund.

Weekly computer sessions, organised by Heeley Development Trust, are helping residents stay independent and combat isolation by accessing the world via their fingertips. With free one-to-one support, residents are emailing loved ones, ordering the weekly grocery shop and becoming social butterflies by browsing for hobbies and events in their local area.

The computer workshop runs twice a week on a drop-in basis, where residents can stay for as little or as long as they wish. It takes place every Tuesday between 12pm to 4pm at the Shiregreen Neighbourhood Centre and between 4:30pm to 7pm at Firth Park Community Arts College, Sheffield.

Maxine Bowler, community capacity builder said: “All of us here at Heeley Development Trust are very pleased with the progress of our drop-in computer sessions and we hope more people decide to come along and join in.

“With the help from Sanctuary’s donation we were able to train and cover volunteer expenses, and thanks to the volunteers assistance we already have 8 fully-fledged computer champions who share their knowledge with new attendees.”

Colleen Eccles, Sanctuary’s director of neighbourhoods, added: “It’s fantastic news to hear how well the computer workshop is already doing in the local community. Heeley Development Trust is offering a great workshop that would benefit so many of our residents.”

Heeley Development Trust is one of many community groups across England to benefit from Sanctuary’s Grand Ideas Fund.  Now in its third year, the fund offers up to £1,000 to groups that need financial support to help deliver activities within their local community for the benefit of local residents.

The Grand Ideas Fund is open for applications from charities, resident groups and voluntary organisations.

For details on how to apply, contact the Sanctuary Housing Community Investment team on 01905 334271 or email


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