Residents in Hackney can now benefit from improved internet access while using local community centres.
Sanctuary Housing is installing significantly upgraded mobile broadband in its centres on the Gascoyne, Kingsmead and Morningside estates.
The centres are currently being used by residents’ associations and local community groups to co-ordinate the delivery of food parcels and other support to those in need during the coronavirus pandemic.
Vodafone has donated the broadband equipment free of charge, as a gesture of goodwill and in recognition of the important work being carried out.
Derek Green, Technical Support Manager for Sanctuary Housing, said: “It’s more important than ever for people to be able to stay connected, so we were keen to help in any way we could.
“I’m delighted that we’ve been able to work together to secure this valuable resource for our residents in Hackney.”
Toby Moore, Sanctuary’s Neighbourhood Partnerships Manager, added: “This will provide a real boost to the important community work being carried out, as well as long-term benefit for all our residents using the centres.”
As part of Sanctuary’s work to help Hackney residents get online, a subscription to online video platform Zoom has also been funded for Gascoyne and Morningside Youth Clubs.
Laptops have also been donated to Kingsmead Primary School for pupils to keep up with their studies while they are at home.