40 Digital Lifeline Tablets for Connect and Unite!

Posted on the 1st June 2021

The government’s Digital Lifeline Fund has donated 40 new digital tablets to our Connect and Unite project. We’ve had the great pleasure of distributing these to selected Pure clients and other Stockport residents with a learning disability, ending their digital exclusion. What a joyful task! Thank you, Digital Lifeline.

What is Connect and Unite?

Connect and Unite is our new digital project for all people in Stockport and it is powered by Zoom. For example, Pure clients who have yet to return to our services can still “meet” their friends online in our Zoom meetings. They can take part in our organised fun activities including games such as bingo, experience live music performances and get involved in guided discussions on subjects such as Health and Belonging.

Right now, everyone is looking forward to our virtual get-together with Stockport Advocacy on June 16th, celebrating Pride Month. We have guest speakers, a quiz and a not-to-be-missed sing & sign performance from our fab client choir, Handmade Harmonies!

Stockport Advocacy, also often holds its friendly Speaking Out Group meetings on Zoom. (Follow them on Facebook too, to keep up-to-date.)

Everyone welcome!

However, online services such as Connect and Unite can only help people who have an Internet connection, a digital device and the know-how to use one. That is precisely why we made our application for Digital Lifeline funding.

The Digital Lifeline Fund

Digital Lifeline is the £2.5 million government fund specifically providing devices, data and digital support to people with learning disabilities who can’t afford to get online.

The pandemic has been incredibly tough for disabled people who have struggled to get online for basic things like catching up with loved ones.

The Digital Lifeline Fund will tackle this divide head on by putting thousands of devices in the hands of those who need them most, with free data and tech support on standby to help people with learning disabilities.

Digital Minister, Caroline Dinenage

Pure staff have helped set the devices up and shown recipients and their parents or carers how to use them.

We are very grateful for this award from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport. Now even more people can join Connect and Unite. They can, of course, also access many other valuable digital resources.

Note that all recipients have been notified and most devices already distributed.

However, plans are well underway for our NEW digital device and games lending library.  Watch this space!

Get involved.

If you would like to know more about Connect and Unite and how to join the meetings, please contact Amelia.Harrington@pureinnovations.co.uk. She will be able to answer any questions and provide you with the  Zoom codes required to join in.

We would also love to hear from you if you have a device or any games that you would like to donate to our lending library. Please get in touch.

Thank you!

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