There is an urgent need to support vulnerable adults to use the internet and stay connected during Covid-19.
We can act fast to help some of the 1.9 million households in the UK who lack any kind of internet access, and the 11.9 million people in the UK who do not have all the Essential Digital Skills needed for day-to-day life.
Why is this important?
FutureDotNow and Good Things Foundation are coordinating action through a new initiative, DevicesDotNow, targeting the 1.9 million households who don’t have access to the internet and are digitally excluded as we face a socially distanced world gripped by COVID-19.
Many of these vulnerable people - like Mable - have been advised to self-isolate, cutting them off from the world without the digital skills and the internet access they need to keep safe. They are cut off from critical online services, from accurate health information, they can’t buy essentials online, and they can’t communicate with family and friends using video chat to see their faces. We need to act quickly and safely to help the people who would like to get connected and to become part of the digital world. We can get them a device and connectivity, and provide support (remotely) to learn how to the internet and drastically improve their wellbeing during the lockdown.
The DevicesDotNow campaign is asking for contributions to help buy tablets and laptops, as well as connectivity in the form of sims, dongles and mobile hotspots. Funds contributed will also be used to support community partners across the UK, enabling them to help society’s most vulnerable people to use digital technology during the pandemic.
Donate to keep the most vulnerable people in our communities safe, healthy and connected to loved ones.
The devices will be distributed through a network of community partners who specialise in supporting vulnerable people in our society. With your help, you can help us to help thousands of people to stay home, and to be healthy and happy. . Funding trusted community organisations will enable us to work, right in the heart of communities, in innovative ways to provide remote support to those who would benefit the most.
Donate here to keep vulnerable people safe, healthy and connected to loved ones.
How your money is spent
100% of your donation will help individuals most in need; supported by a network of community organisations.
- 50% of your donation will buy tablets, smartphones and laptops, as well as connectivity in the form of sims, dongles and mobile hotspots.
- 50% of your donation will go to local community organisations to provide remote support on how to use the devices.
Our staff time will be provided in-kind during this appeal due to the urgency.
If you are a registered UK tax-payer please click ‘gift aid’ on the page so that we can claim an additional 25% to add to your donation to support more people.