Vodafone's Everyone Connected is a campaign to bridge the digital divide between those who have access to digital technology, and the 1.7 million households in the UK who do not. With banking, job applications, benefits and other public services increasingly being moved online, digital skills, equipment and reliable digital connectivity are crucial to enable people to fully participate in society and engage in education and employment. Goods For Good has partnered with Vodafone to help those in need get the access, knowledge and confidence to get online. The SIM cards donated by Vodafone have been distributed via our UK charity partners who support vulnerable individuals including homeless individuals, refugees and Ukrainian evacuees.
The pandemic has already changed the way we interact: it looks set to have a lasting effect on the way we communicate. Unless digital exclusion is taken seriously and addressed, millions of the poorest people in the UK will yet again suffer the consequences.
Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research (CCHPR)
Digital exclusion is a harsh reality for over 14million people across the UK. Whilst the Covid-19 pandemic has shone a light on the issue it has also further exacerbated the issue, intensifying the UK’s digital divide.
Offcom reported that whilst the Covid-19 pandemic enabled some adults to gain new digital skills and enjoy the benefits of being online, for others the digital divide has become more entrenched as an increasing number of everyday activities and services have moved online.
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