A school in Staffordshire has scooped £10,000 of Lottery funding to equip its community room with computers, a projector and a projector screen.

Hamilton Infants' School in Birches Head is among 79 West Midlands projects that received a share of £622,561 from the Big Lottery Fund.

The cash will fund a special ICT suite in the school, which will be available for local people to use to improve their computer skills.

School business manager Gayle Palmer coordinated the successful grant application. She said, "The idea is to be able to offer Information Communication Technologies to the community. It's very much going to be a community facility. The idea is that the elderly can get some basic skills or people can brush up on computing to help with job applications."

It is hoped that the computers and the projector will be installed during the Easter break. The school will then talk to Stoke-on-Trent City Council and other course leaders about providing suitable classes for the community.

John Taylor, Big Lottery Fund's head of the West Midlands region, said, "Projects like this one are all great examples of how relatively small Lottery grants can make a big difference and really bring people together.

"Whether through providing opportunities to learn new skills or reaching out to individuals who may be feeling isolated, it all helps to build a stronger, happier community," he added.