Digital Lifeline

Digital Lifeline is an emergency response project getting devices, data and digital skills support to digitally excluded people with learning disabilities in England. It is funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) and delivered by Good Things Foundation.

Good Things Foundation is working in partnership with AbilityNet and Digital Unite and is supported by Learning Disability England, the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group and other disability and digital inclusion organisations.

Digital Lifeline has seen more than 150 grassroots community partners and others distribute over 5,500 devices with data, and offer both face-to-face and remote support to help recipients learn how to use their device safely and confidently.

This comes at a time when recent ONS data found that three in four people (74.6 per cent) with a learning disability believe their wellbeing has been affected by the impact of coronavirus, compared with 37 per cent of non-disabled people.

Studies have shown that technology can help people with learning disabilities reduce feelings of loneliness and support their mental health and wellbeing.

The devices, data and skills provided through this project will make sure that the individuals receiving them aren’t left on the wrong side of the digital divide, and that they have the chance to benefit from the connection, skills and opportunities that being online can provide.

Our project partners

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DCMS

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AbilityNet

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Digital Unite

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Learning Disability England

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Voluntary Organisations Disability Group