Leeds-based Solution Performance Group (SPG) has donated £25,000 to the Sovereign Housing Association to help residents access and become more confident with digital technology.
The funding will provide free laptops for residents and community groups to help them find work and training opportunities and connect with others.
Sovereign Housing Association manages 62,000 homes across the UK, ranging from Cornwall to the West of England. It is driven by social purpose and invests in the long term to create great places to live in thriving communities. The association’s team works with customers and partners to support them in realising their potential. Last year, the housing association supported more than 600 customers to get online, a trend which this donation is set to continue.
Commenting on the donation, Gareth Humphreys, group CEO at SPG, said: “We partner with our clients to ‘Be the change’ needed to solve complex problems, delivering transformational technology solutions that empower people. So it was a natural fit to partner with Sovereign to support this initiative, which is aligned with our ethos of making real change in the community.”
More broadly, SPG is supporting Sovereign's digital transformation plans as it invests in technology to continue to improve the customer experience, enhancing systems, data and digital platforms.
With offices in Newcastle and Leeds, SPG is an ecosystem of digital transformation, resourcing and software subsidiaries that work across the public and private sectors to deliver optimised technology solutions, highly efficient processes and empowered, successful teams. Its clients include the emergency services, government departments and social housing organisations.
Andrew Cooper, head of partnerships and funding at Sovereign, said: “With 6.9 million people in the UK digitally excluded, we know the importance of supporting our customers to connect digitally and develop their skills. We’re pleased to have received this donation from SPG, which will help support more people.
“Technology connects us with the world and can create a world of opportunity. This generous donation will help to ensure more of our customers have access to many of these opportunities.”