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Tech & Tea project

This project came about through the NottsWatch Chair, Sue Sambells, meeting the founder of Good Vibes, Gina Harbottle at a Community Organiser’s event in Mansfield on March 2018. Gina, with the support of Rob Bryant from the Notts CC Age Friendly Team, had launched an informal drop in session at Tesco’s café in Beeston. Both knew how useful these free sessions are by providing practical, technical help to individuals plus a friendly ear. Together, they hoped to extend across the county/city plus establish a register including established groups.

Sue and Gina discussed their proposed scheme with Toni Jarvis, Member Pioneer with the Co-op at a Beeston Community Organiser’s meet up in the July. Toni was happy to provide venues. Needing tech savvy volunteers, Sue contacted the two universities then arranged for a stakeholder meeting. All met, including Inspire, Trading Standards and Age Friendly on 14September 2018. Everyone could see the benefits but NottsWatch (being a small number of volunteers) were unable to offer the support the universities required. Just as it seemed there wasn’t a workable solution, Andrea Lowe from Inspire (libraries) offered to speak to her senior management team. She believed they had the necessary resources.

Consequently, through this collaborative work with Inspire, three pilot schemes have been established at the libraries in Beeston, Mansfield & Sutton-in-Ashfield:

Library

Day

Time

Commences

Beeston

Every Monday

2.00-3.0pm

14th Jan 2019

Mansfield Woodhouse

Every Friday

2.30-3.30pm

4th Jan 2019

Sutton-in-Ashfield

Last Saturday in the month

10.30-12.30pm   

26th Jan 2019

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