Includem today announced it will be using free connectivity, via Vodafone’s charities.connected initiative, to tackle digital exclusion across Scotland. Includem will use the connectivity to support the families they work with to be able to get online and to tackle social isolation. The connectivity is set to benefit 300 families across Scotland with 40 in North East Scotland, 40 in the Forth Valley, 30 in Fife, 40 in West Dunbartonshire, and 150 in Glasgow.
Vodafone’s charities.connected initiative is open to any registered charity that would benefit from free connectivity, either to improve its digital capability, extend its services or help the individuals and families it supports get online. Registered charities across Scotland can apply for the free connectivity, in the form of SIM cards with 20GB data a month, plus free calls and texts, for six months here.
Martin Dorchester, Chief Executive of includem said:
“The cost of living crisis is hitting those already having to choose between basic necessities. In 2020, families told us they were unable to afford the internet, having to choose between feeding their children and providing digital access to learning.
“Thanks to Vodafone’s support, we are able to step in to help alleviate the pressures families face and help them get online.”
Emma Reynolds, Head of Communications, Sustainability and Regulatory Affairs at Vodafone UK said:
“We are committed to tackling digital exclusion. We hope that by providing free connectivity to includem and the other amazing charities across the UK who have such an enormous impact on their local communities, we can help create a more inclusive digital society. We urge any organisation who thinks they can benefit to apply online and look forward to hearing how this connectivity has helped.”
Vodafone’s charities.connected initiative is part of its commitment to tackle digital exclusion and connect one million people by the end of 2022.