Birches Head Get Growing has received a donation of IT equipment that has enabled the group to help individuals in their local community access the internet to apply for jobs, help write CV’s, support form filling and to access information.

Based at the Bridge Centre in Birches Head, the group was originally created to provide food for the local community. As it has grown, they have become heavily reliant on volunteers and donations to run their Potter and Natter, and Swap Shop sessions.

All the activities and sessions they run are free of charge at the point of use for local people, with their “kindness is our currency” motto at the heart of everything they do.

In a bid improve the sessions Get Growing hope to support more people by creating a reading corner and a learning zone, complete with the right equipment for getting connected and accessing online services.

The donated laptops will enable the group to make some important connections with Stoke Reads and Read Easy to help support residents with developing and improving literacy skills. Another enormous benefit to receiving these computers is that Get Growing can improve their administration processes and now they can share and promote their services too by managing marketing platforms, creating their logo, and designing leaflets to distribute within the local community. All their activities are free and as accessible as possible, so they hope to extend their support to the wider community through this advertising avenue.

“The laptops have enabled us to design our logo for our community group and to publicise events for the benefit of the whole community,” said Paula Rowcliffe from Birches Head Get Growing.

“We also use the laptops to search for online courses and information for individuals as well as ourselves. It’s so much easier to view on a larger screen as I only had a mobile phone.”

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