Describe your project
To install electronic equipment for the hard of hearing (loop system) and to install computer(s) and a broadband connection to enable a coffee morning to be established where those in need of help can be assisted with the internet such as the elderly and those who cannot afford an internet connection.
How will your project benefit your local community?
We expect that as we as a group put on and support others to use the hall for fund raising etc. we need to take into account disabilities such as deafness. We also want to enable times when people can just gather for a coffee (and maybe cakes) and be able to be assisted to use the internet for paying bills or searching for something and have little experience of doing so. Also to enable the unemployed to access Universal Credit etc. which is becoming more online and other avenues such as libraries are closing. The Hall has recently been repainted and the next project will be an upgrade of the heating which will also use the broadband connection.
Please give details of any support you have from your local community
We have great support from our community whenever functions such as quiz's etc, are put on (last one was attended by approx 50 residents of all ages (and at least 2 deaf people). We also allow other groups to use the Hall free of charge occasionally to support them. At other times the Hall is used by residents for private functions and we try to supply all their needs.
How big is your community? And how many people will benefit from your project?
The village hall is maintained for the use of the whole village 431 (2011 census) . Also others when hall is used by outside but local groups.
Tell us what you intend to spend the money on.
A loop system for the deaf which also needs at least one lapel microphone to link in to the existing PA system. At least one laptop computer to be supported by a broadband installation and 1 years rental of broadband and line.
When and why was your project founded?
The project was founded in 1975 to rescue the hall from being lost to the village as a community asset. The hall was falling into disrepair and Eastoft Community Welfare Association was formed to rescue it and bring it back to life.