According to the Good Things Foundation, 1.9 million households lack access to the internet across the UK, 11.7 million people lack essential digital skills needed to use the internet, there are 11.5 million people without a smartphone, and 1 in 6 adults can’t open an app.
Supported by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, the Good Things foundation and FutureDotNow are coordinating industry action through a campaign, DevicesDotNow, targeting the households without access to the internet and who are digitally excluded as we face a socially distanced world gripped by COVID-19.
According to Hellen Milner, the Good Things Foundation CEO, “digital inclusion is no longer a nice-to-have, but a need-to-have. People urgently need access (devices, connectivity), digital skills and support. Funding today will set us up for a better future”. The campaign is now closer to its initial target to help 10,000 people with devices, data and support, due to recently awarded funding.
Read the campaign’s interim impact report here. According to the campaign coordinators, demand is still out stripping supply so if you think you can help in any way please do get in touch or make a donation here.