Our Everyone Connected Projects
Nominet is providing essential funding to Good Things Foundation for the ‘Everyone Connected’ programme, which aims to help people whose lives are severely affected by digital exclusion and the Covid-10 pandemic. This Nominet grant of £500,000 will target 1000 people and support them to get up and running online, ensuring they have tools and training they need.
The partnership between Nominet and Good Things Foundation was forged early in 2020, when they teamed up to respond to the critical shortage of digital access during the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdowns with the ‘DevicesDotNow' emergency appeal. This programme will build on that work by giving comprehensive support to people in local communities whose lives are affected by digital poverty.
Lack of devices, data and digital skills can pose a serious disadvantage to people – an inequality which can be caused by factors including age, education, income, disability and unemployment. From making a video call to a family member during lockdown, to applying for jobs online, ordering prescriptions or accessing essential government information, their lives are immeasurably impacted.
Connecting Families - Children in Need
The Connecting Families programme will deliver at least 1,900 devices, connectivity and support to help disadvantaged families in the UK.
A digitally connected device will enable parents and young people to register for help and access to essential services which have moved online during the Covid 19 crisis and improve the ability of a parent to work from home to maintain income for the whole family.
Good Things Foundation has already distributed more than 400 data enabled devices to disadvantaged families. But there are many more families who need these devices and the support of local community organisations.
By the end of 2020, through our network of community partners we plan to deliver at least 1,900 devices to disadvantaged families. Community partners who are part of the Online Centres Network will be invited to apply for devices and connectivity that they will then distribute to Individuals in their local communities. These community partners will also provide ongoing support; to enable people to use the devices for homeschooling, applying for benefits and to stay connected with loved ones.
The National Lottery Community Fund
Good Things Foundation has been awarded £500,000 from The National Lottery Community Fund to bolster its work supporting communities affected by the COVID-19 crisis to engage with digital.
The funding will be used to equip and upskill 4,000 vulnerable and disadvantaged people in England; people whose quality of life has been made harder during the pandemic through digital exclusion.
By December 2020, the funding from The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK, will have been used to acquire appropriate devices and connectivity (through SIMs or mobile dongles). It will also be used to support people to get online and build their digital skills.
Good Things Foundation has been awarded £100,000 from Barclays Bank to support digitally excluded people affected by the COVID-19 crisis.
The funding will be used to provide data enabled devices to over 400 digitally excluded people in the UK; people whose quality of life has been made harder during the pandemic through lack of access to digital technology and skills training.
Since the start of the pandemic, community partners have seen a huge surge in demand for support with digital access, affordability and skills. Embedded in their local communities, they are best placed to identify those in greatest need of this support; and to ensure devices are distributed safely by community ‘digital champions’ who can offer remote and on-the-doorstep support with digital skills.