Hanover Court is nominated for a Lloyds Community Fund grant
Published by Rob Ghosh for Hanover Housing Group in Housing and also in Communities, Education, Environment
Residents and staff from Hanover Court in Eastbourne are today celebrating reaching the final stages of the 2014 Lloyds Community Fund Awards.
After seeing off stiff competition, the housing estate for the over 55’s which is owned and managed by Hanover Housing Association — the not-for-profit provider of housing and services for people in later life — is just one of four organisations in the Eastbourne area left in the running to receive grant funding of between £500 and £3,000.
The Lloyds Community Fund provides grants to good causes across the UK. This year over 6,000 community groups applied to be included in the 2014 Community Fund.
Hanover Court’s nomination is thanks to the Hanover ‘Digital Champion’ Kathy Lewis who has created a community hub known as the Tea &T group, where residents and older people from the local community can brush up on their IT skills in a friendly environment.
The group has been supported by local IT organisation Coffee Pot Computing which runs IT courses for new learners. It has been donating its time and equipment to allow the events to take place. Hanover has provided a broadband connection, an iPad and technical support from its IT department. The local police also donated money for a laptop to be used by the group. With the money from this award Tea and IT will be able to purchase more of its own equipment so that those who have picked up new skills can share them with those who want to get involved for the first time.
The Tea & [A1] IT group started in September 2013 and holds weekly IT sessions for the local community. Hanover Court is one of 55 estates taking part in Hanover’s #GetConnected scheme. At each estate, residents are volunteering to become ‘Digital Champions’, receiving training so they can help others to get online.
Hanover resident Kathy Lewis says: “I am absolutely delighted that we have been shortlisted for funding. The estate has become a vibrant hub for the local community.”
Kathy adds: “While so much has been achieved with very little funding, it is vital that the Hanover Tea &IT group finds a way to expand and keep current services available by training more people who will, in turn, become volunteers to help others.
“This fund will allow us to buy some much needed equipment such as new laptops and tablet devices which could help the group to expand its services even further.
With voting open until 10 October there is still time to cast your vote. If you would like to do so please visit lly-cf.com/HDN, text ‘VOTE HDN’ to 61119 or Tweet using ‘#COMMFUND HDN’