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Tackling the Digital Divide

We’re working with a host of strategic charity and corporate partners to help organisations in our network tackle digital poverty and increase digital access in their communities.  In the last impact survey with our charitable network, over a fifth reported that technology, laptops, tablets and accessories were one of the most needed categories of product.

Here is a round-up of a few ways we and our partners are responding to this need.


We’re working with Amazon, digital education charity, the Learning Foundation and education charity Teach First on a new pilot scheme, Tech4SchoolsThis is providing low-income schools serving disadvantaged communities with new devices, digital skills training and tech support. We aim to support 600 schoolchildren in this pilot, and to roll out more widely in the future.  


Refurbished laptops 

We’re really excited to be teaming up with a technology recycling company to make a range of refurbished, internet-enabled laptops available to our charitable network early next year.  

Huge thanks to the 120 organisations in our network who are part of our Insights Panel and fed into our planning. With their input to the project, these devices were selected to support service delivery and home use, as well as reducing waste. Email Emma, our Charity Network Manager, if you’d like to know more about joining our Insights Panel and what’s involved. 


Data access 

We distribute pre-loaded Sim Cards through our catalogue to reach people who can’t afford to get online. Most recently, this has helped support Ukrainian Refugees in the UK. Our friends at the National Databank provide free mobile data, texts and calls to people in need via Good Things Foundation’s network of local community partners.


Being a Digital Ambassador 

Charlotte, our Partnerships and Impact Director became an Ambassador for the Digital Poverty Alliance in August, to raise awareness of our shared goal to end Digital Poverty by 2030. Charlotte has joined two panel discussions on affordable and sustainable digital inclusion. This gives us the opportunity to amplify your local knowledge, and the needs of your communities at a national level.