Release date: 24 May 2016
Community groups across the county could win an iPad if they register on the West Sussex Connect to Support website.
The Connect to Support website helps anyone who needs some support to remain independent to shop for support services and products, find local activities and groups and look up information and advice.
All community groups need to do to be in with a chance of winning is register a new listing on the website.
Visit the Connect to Support website and click the ‘Information for providers and community groups’ button. From there you can ‘Establish your online presence’ and register.
The closing date for the draw is Friday 26 August 2016.
Connect to support has over 2,500 online visitors every month.
Peter Catchpole, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health, said: “West Sussex Connect to Support offers much-needed information when you need to support a friend or relative, buy vital equipment or research local community groups and services. We hope more groups will continue to follow suit and register.”
One group has already benefitted from completing their listing, with the winner of the first draw announced last week.
Martin Stean was awarded the first iPad provided by Connect to Support on behalf of the Hollyrood Centre in Lindfield, a residential and day centre supporting people with autism.
Hollyrood is part of Autism Spectrum Partners within The Disabilities Trust, providing up to 40 beds for autistic people. One of four such centres running across West Sussex, 60-70% of their visitors find it extremely difficult to cope with the over sensory stimulation associated with modern life, so find these calming centres invaluable.
Hollyrood completed their community listing on Connect to Support so anyone with autism or acquired brain injuries can find a quiet peaceful place to experience speech therapies and go on supervised day trips with like-minded people.
Laura Power from PCG Solutions - who provided the prizes and manage the website - was on hand to congratulate Martin and award him the iPad.
Peter added: “Congratulations to the Hollyrood Centre! We know this will be put to immediate good use supporting their excellent work helping those with autism.”
Photo caption: Laura Power from PCG Solutions presents the iPad to Martin Stean on behalf of the Hollyrood Centre in Lindfield.