Leonard Cheshire Disability is proud to announce its inclusion in a new BT and Barclays initiative to bring free Wi-Fi and hands-on digital support to the Leonard Cheshire Hill House Care Home in Cheshire.
The new initiative complements Leonard Cheshire Disability’s existing Discover IT scheme, through which we have supported nearly 6,000 people develop their skills and interests over the last five years.
One in three disabled people have never used the internet, while disabled people represent 54 percent of the total number of people who have never used the internet in UK.
Hill House is a valued care home within the local community and free internet access, combined with expert support, will open up opportunities that being online has to offer.
BT is supporting the set-up of free Wi-Fi connectivity while BT Digital Friends and Barclays Digital Eagles, specially trained members of Barclays’ staff, will provide free technology advice to help local people build confidence and develop the skills they need to succeed in the digital world.
In the UK some 12 percent of the adult population have never been online and this increases to 61 percent for those over 75 years old.
Dia Bangera, Leonard Cheshire Digital Inclusion Manager, said: “We are pleased to be able to provide everyone at Hill House with digital tools and resources in a supported environment as part of the BT and Barclays initiative.”
Anna Easton, BT’s Sustainable Business Director said: “At BT, we believe in the power of communications to make a better world. We want to ensure that everyone can not only access the digital world, but can also have the skills and support they need to stay online in the long term.
“This new partnership with Barclays will ensure that support is available for those that need it the most.”
Steven Roberts, Strategic Transformation Director at Barclays, says:
“Across the country, people are experiencing the digital revolution, but like all revolutions, it’s not one that happens to all people at once. Some will adopt digital skills quickly, others will take more time.
“At Barclays, we firmly believe that we have a responsibility to ensure that no one is left behind on the digital journey and through this significant partnership with BT, we can ensure that even more people have access to the services and support they need to embrace the digital revolution.”
BT and Barclays have both committed to support the implementation of the Government’s Digital Inclusion strategy which aims to reduce the number of people offline in the UK by 25 per cent by 2016. Find out more about the Government Digital Strategy and the UK Digital Inclusion Charter.
Free Wi-Fi was set-up in Hill House in July and Barclays Digital Eagles/BT Digital Friends will be on-hand to support in the near future.