There are currently over 170,000 families and individuals in the UK without a permanent home and more at risk. For many of these people, a digital connection can be a lifeline because it provides access to other people and to essential services.
So between now and 2023, we’re committed to giving over £2.4 million worth of phones, devices and connectivity to help reconnect thousands of people to society, through digital connection.
We’re also inviting our customers and the public to get involved in fundraising efforts over the coming months.
As part of our Reconnects mission we’ve launched a two-year partnership with Crisis. We’re working closely with the charity to help gain a better understanding into the important role connectivity can play in reconnecting people to society and ending homelessness.
As part of this partnership, we’re also supporting Crisis’ Home For All campaign by digitally reconnecting those who need it most.
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, we’ve helped over 100 causes and communities, by giving away over 5000 phones and SIMs to support the vulnerable, disadvantaged and people who are homeless.
For vulnerable families, access to school resources and school meal vouchers, without internet access, was a struggle.
We donated phones and connectivity to the MP of Mitcham and Morden to provide a lifeline for families most in need. This has enabled children to learn, have fun and get access to vital support.
The Touch Base project is a volunteer-led service, part of Third Sector Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland, set up to support isolated and vulnerable people referred from the COVID-19 regional helpline.
Having connectivity through our donation, enabled volunteers to provide invaluable mental health support, basic food shopping needs and someone to just be at the end of the phone.
Be sure to keep checking back to see how you can support future initiatives. After all, everyone deserves to be connected.