New device gives a welcome health boost

Kathalingam, 42 lives in Eastham, West London. Before the outbreak of coronavirus he would go along to his local Online Centre, Skills Enterprise, to access the internet, go to classes and access other key services and support. As soon as the UK went into lockdown this support network was no longer available, leaving him isolated…

Digital divide 'isolates and endangers' millions of UK's poorest

Charities warn of ‘devastating effect’ as most vulnerable households left without access to web. The scale of the problem is staggering,” says Helen Milner, the chief executive of the Good Things Foundation, a charity that tackles digital exclusion in the UK. One woman living in London said she was having to choose between food and data.…

FutureDotNow Newsletter - Edition 3

We’re over a month into the COVID-19 crisis, and the current nationwide lockdown has brought digital skills and access to the fore. At last week’s Senior Council, we heard from one C-suite attendee on how digital adoption by the end of 2020 is expected to reach the level previously predicted for 2035. As capability levels…

Government launches a free online skills toolkit

A free online toolkit to build skills during the coronavirus outbreak and beyond has been launched by the Government. We are pleased to see it features a number of our coalition members including Good Things Foundation, Lloyds Banking Group, Accenture and Institute of Coding The Skills Toolkit - launched by Education Secretary Gavin Williamson - aims…

Ron: ‘Community Champion’ stays social throughout social distancing

Ron Roper, 82, is staying in touch during self-isolation thanks to a free tablet and data plan from the DevicesDotNow scheme. Ron - who lives by himself - has a medical condition which affects his eyes. As his family live far away, Ron’s age and current social distancing guidelines have meant that he is at…

Covid-19 makes digital exclusion an emergency

There’s an urgent issue that we must address, and address as soon as possible. 1.9 million households in Britain don't have, and can’t afford, access to the internet. As the lockdown remains firmly in place to curb the spread of Covid-19, vulnerable people find themselves shut in their homes, facing social isolation with no means…

DevicesDotNow: Providing digital support to those who need it most

At times like this I am proud to be CEO of FutureDotNow. With the launch of our DevicesDotNow initiative in partnership with DCMS we can get emergency support to the most vulnerable people in our societies Whether we like it or not, COVID-19 has forced us all indoors. For most of us that means adjusting to…

DevicesDotNow to help the vulnerable during Covid-19 pandemic

These are difficult times for all of us, but imagine how much harder coping with the pandemic would be if you didn’t have access to the internet. No news, no advice, no services and no communication with the outside world. That’s the reality facing 1.9 million households across the UK today and it’s not acceptable.…