Any charity in the UK can apply for free connectivity to help individuals and families get online and improve its own digital capability, under a new initiative from Vodafone.
The charities.connected initiative is part of Vodafone’s recently announced commitment to tackle digital exclusion and connect one million people by the end of 2022. Registered charities can apply for the free connectivity, which comes in the form of SIM cards with 20GB data, plus free calls and texts every month for six months.
The SIM cards will work in any SIM enabled device, whether it’s a phone, tablet, laptop or Mifi dongle.
To apply, charities need to complete an online form, including information on how free connectivity will support the project and the number of people set to benefit. Multiple SIMs can be requested and repeat applications can be made if the organisation has a range of digital exclusion projects underway.
Helen Lamprell, General Counsel and External Affairs Director at Vodafone UK, said:
“At Vodafone, we’ve put tackling digital exclusion at the heart of our business with our pledge to connect one million people by the end of 2022. We hope that by giving free connectivity to charities across the UK, we can enable them to better support their local communities, particularly those that are digitally excluded. We want to support projects big and small – please help us share this offer so we can reach as many charities as possible.”
Helen Milner OBE, CEO, Good Things Foundation said:
“We’ve seen first-hand the challenges that charities of all sizes have faced during the pandemic, with managing cash flow, staffing and the move to online services. Many simply haven’t had the digital infrastructure in place to deliver their services effectively. Vodafone has done some fantastic work over the last year to help digitally excluded people get online and we think this next initiative – offering free connectivity to charities – will have a huge impact on these organisations and the communities they support.”
Vodafone’s digital exclusion projects include its Buy One Give One initiative and the Great British Tech Appeal. It has also partnered with Global, the Media and Entertainment group, on a six-month campaign to raise awareness of digital exclusion and inspire the nation to get involved to help those living without devices and connectivity.