Do you live in Glasgow? New tablet lending program helps get people online
Families in Glasgow will now have access to free tablets through a new loan scheme.
The new program will allow Willowacre Trust to provide 250 tablets to help people access essential online services such as medical appointments, mental health support, training courses, job application and virtual interviews .
The scheme is available to those in the Glasgow area, as well as people living in North and South Lanarkshire.
Simon Freeburn, Head of Digital Engagement at Willowacre Trust, said: “Access to a device and data are two of the biggest barriers to digital inclusion.
“This funding will give us the opportunity to engage with people at risk of homelessness to ensure they have the skills, technology and support to do what they need online.”
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The scheme was made possible by funding of £80,685 from Hubbub, Virgin Media O2 and Amazon who covered the running costs of the lending centres.
Willowacre Trust is one of five charities to receive a grant from Hubbub and Virgin Media O2’s Tech Loan Community Fund, which was set up to tackle digital isolation and e-waste.
Nicola Green, from Virgin Media O2, said: “For people living in temporary accommodation and at risk of digital exclusion, access to devices and data can be a lifeline.
“That’s why we’re proud to support Glasgow’s Willowacre Trust with the Tech Lending Community Fund to help them support vulnerable people across the city so they can connect and access the services they need.”
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David Linden, MP for Glasgow East, said: “Digital exclusion robs people of the connectivity that others take for granted.
“It’s great news that Virgin Media O2 is funding devices and data for Willowacre Trust’s tablet loan scheme, enabling people in temporary accommodation to access public services, training and employment opportunities. .”