The pandemic has exposed the lack of IT and internet access among many marginalised groups including: the elderly and those shielding, those living in rural communities and low-income families. Furthermore, many individuals also do not have the IT skills necessary to function fully in the future. We aim to tackle this imbalance.
We are currently running three campaigns to help:
- Text Help Service – business volunteers who have been/are being Access NI checked provide support to people who need assistance with any IT-related enquiry.
- Connected Project – working with our partners: Department of Finance, Ignite IT, Libraries NI and Supporting Communities. This project is working in two phases providing 75 tablets for each phase to people in NI who are digitally excluded. Each tablet is provided free of charge and the recipient pledges to take part in training provided by Library NI staff for the first three months, followed by any additional support with Supporting Communities. Users can avail of the Text Help Service. Tablets for Phase 1 are being distributed w/c 5 April 2021.
- Device Donations – we are asking businesses to donate digital devices that will help children to learn more effectively in the home environment. Find out more.
Listen to Gemma-Louise Bond from Power NI on U105
See where the need is across Northern Ireland (interactive map to come)