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Assistance available to north-east charities to get people connected

By Kyle Ritchie

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An initiative that helps local charities get connected has been highlighted by Gordon MP Richard Thomson.

As part of Vodafone’s commitment to tackle digital exclusion and connect one million people by the end of 2022, it recently launched charities.connected.

This scheme gives any charity in the UK the opportunity to apply for free connectivity to help the individuals and families it supports get online or to improve its own digital capability.

The connectivity, in the form of SIM cards offering 20GB of data plus free calls and texts every month for six months, will work in any SIM-enabled device (a phone, tablet, laptop, MiFi or dongle).

The initiative provides SIM cards to people that can be used in their devices.
The initiative provides SIM cards to people that can be used in their devices.

Mr Thomson said: "Digital connectivity is increasingly essential in many walks of life these days and Vodafone are to be commended for helping to tackle digital exclusion with this offer.

“I would encourage any registered charities in the Gordon constituency who think they might benefit to check out the offer and submit an application.

“While the Scottish Government has done much to help close the digital divide with a range of initiatives, it’s good to see large corporations playing their part too.”

Registered charities of any size can apply by completing an online application form by searching for “Vodafone charities.connected".

Information on how free connectivity will support the project and the number of people set to benefit will be required.

Multiple SIMs can be requested and repeat applications can be made if the organisation has a range of digital exclusion projects under way.

Applications are open until November 1, 2022, or until supplies last.

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