Hanover Court in the mix for much-needed funding

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Residents and staff from Hanover Court in Eastbourne are celebrating reaching the final stages of the 2014 Lloyds Community Fund Awards.

After seeing off stiff competition the housing estate is one of four organisations in the Eastbourne area left in the running to receive grant funding of between £500 and £3,000.

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.

“I am absolutely delighted that we have been short listed for funding,” Kathy said.

“The estate has become a vibrant hub for the local community.”

“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.”

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.

The Tea & 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.

It is supported by local IT organisation Coffee Pot Computing which runs IT courses for new learners.