Smartphones aren't a luxury, they are a lifeline

by Community TechAid in London, Greater London, United Kingdom

Smartphones aren't a luxury, they are a lifeline


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Keep what you raise – this project will receive all pledges made by 23rd November 2021 at 12:30pm

We aim to give 50 (stretch target of 100) people smartphones to help them get online and connect with vital support services & loved ones

by Community TechAid in London, Greater London, United Kingdom

Did you know on average you pick up your smartphone 58 times a day.

What would you do without it?

People with COPD are commonly affected by breathlessness and fatigue, often becoming isolated from friends and family as a result. The coronavirus pandemic has significantly added to this isolation, with many unable to leave their homes for the foreseeable future. 

The most effective treatment for COPD is called pulmonary rehabilitation (PR). It is an exercise programme that is usually delivered in classes in local hospitals or community recreation centres. It can also be delivered remotely using an Internet video platform.

Kings College Hospital (KCH), conducted a telephone survey of PR services across England to learn about their success in delivering rehabilitation treatment remotely to people with COPD during the pandemic. 

All of the services that were offering remote support reported that thousands of patients referred to them for PR do not have access to the Internet, meaning many vulnerable people are not receiving much needed remote help.

The project will be run jointly with Community TechAid and Millennium Community Solutions CIC to help eliminate the challenges faced by people living with COPD who wish to engage in the digital world. The recipients will be identified through KCH following those that they surveyed.  

We are inviting stakeholder & partners to become part of the solution. We hope that our partners will be able to join us as we prepare to undertake this ambitious campaign to reach many of those in need. 

There is huge demand for smartphones for those on very low incomes, who are often housebound, living in temporary accommodation, hospitalised or living alone with complicated medical conditions. Many are using foodbanks, so being able to afford a phone with internet connectivity is impossible for them.

Without a phone and even basic internet access, it's impossible to connect with vital support services, make doctor’s appointments, and keep in touch with loved ones. 

The last 12 months have pushed many members of our marginalised communities further into poverty.  The effects of lockdown, increased living costs, imminent cuts to benefits and increased taxes continue to exacerbate existing inequalities. Digital exclusion presents a further barrier as access to the internet has become a necessity of everyday life.

One woman explained how unsafe and vulnerable she felt without a reliable phone in an apartment she cannot leave without assistance. Cut off from family and friends, her newly impaired mobility has added to her feeling of isolation and mental distress. 

£80 can put a brand new smart phone in the hands of someone who needs this lifeline. £80 is what some of us would spend in our favourite coffee shop over a few months, or on 2 months of internet.

We hope to raise £4000 to buy 50 4G enabled smartphones. We are delighted to confirm that each phone will be given with 6 months of unlimted texts and calls plus 20GB of data. We have a stretch target of £8000 which would allow us to purchase 100 smartphones.

A recent recipient told us, "Having a phone has changed my life, it enabled me to be reunited with my family in Portugal"

Every pound you can contribute will make a real difference!



This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£80 or more

£80 Donation

A personalised thank you on our website! An £80 will buy a brand new 4G enabled smartphone. The Nokia 1.3 is easy to use, with an excellent camera and comes with everything you need from an affordable smart phone. This device will change lives.

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