We were very grateful for a grant from Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Funding as part of their NET (National Emergencies Trust) initiative. This was particularly to be used for those impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic and as we had to radically change the way we met and supported each other this was very welcome.
Our initial grant request was for equipment that will help us conduct our meetings at the Havelock Centre, the grant has enabled us to use iPads to connect regularly on a zoom meeting. We have also bought equipment such as a cupboard, a sewing machine, projector and airpots for coffee and tea and PPE equipment. Long term plans for when we are able to have face to face meetings are for training to use IPads and help folk who are struggling with the challenges of internet. Catering equipment for teas and coffee and use of our own projector will help to make our group more efficient and vibrant. We are very grateful for HiWCF and the grant money, which is enabling us to connect during these restricted times when we are unable to meet face to face.