Testway Transform is the part of Testway Housing that gives grants to community groups. In less than two years, it has given £56,000 to 53 groups. Its Patrons are the Bishop of Winchester, the Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire and local MP Sir George Young.
At a presentation at Testway House, the Testway Chairman, Geoff Mitchell, and Paula Deverill, who runs Transform, gave a presentation of the work done by Transform. This was illustrated by some of the groups who had benefitted; for example, the Andover VIPs (Visually Impaired People) gave a line dancing demonstration. John Dunstan from the Romnsey Sea Cadets spoke of the help given to the group by Transform; and Paula Martin from the National Childbirth Trust explained how breastfeeding was being promoted in the town with the help of a grant.
Ian Axton, Managing Director of Andover Sound, launched a new partnership with Transform, giving added publicity to fund-raising events through the local radio station.
Speaking at the event, Sir George welcomed the additional help given to voluntary bodies in the area. "With pressure on the budgets of the NHS, social services and local government generally, this additional source of funds is double welcome. And, at the same time as running Transform, Testway have never forgotten that they are primarily a social landlord - but a social landlord with deep roots in the community."
Paula and Geoff thanked the Transformers - those who had helped with fund-raising - and explained how applications for grants could be made (by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org)
At the event was the new Deputy Mayor of Test Valley, Cllr Chris Lynn with his wife Frances; and the Chairman of Hampshire County Council, Michael Woodhall.
"Transform usually helps through its Moneybox Fund - giving grants of between £250 and £2500."