We have some good news to share! Our application to the Good Things Foundation for digital devices and funding has been successful.
Lockdowns have deepened the impact of digital exclusion, particularly for people with learning disabilities and/or autism. Through Grace Eyre Friendship, we have been working over the last year to increase digital inclusion and confidence among the people we support, so we’re excited to receive 35 tablets through the Digital Lifeline scheme, from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) and the Good Things Foundation. The devices will go to people with a learning disability whose quality of life has suffered during COVID-19 through lack of access to digital technology and skills training.
Over the next few weeks, the tablets will be safely delivered to people identified as needing them. Project workers – who are also trained Digital Champions – will provide tailored one-to-one training and support for each individual’s needs and how they intend to use the device. Several Grace Eyre Friendship group members who are proficient in IT have also volunteered to be on hand to provide ongoing support, responding to questions about using the devices.
Through this project, we’re aiming to give people the skills and confidence to communicate more independently and more often with their friends and family. We also hope to see people get more involved with our Active Lives programme of online activities and Grace Eyre Friendship.
Thanks to the DCMS and the Good Things Foundation for making this possible.