Covid-19 has hit those without access to smart technology or the internet particularly hard, especially not being able to stay connected to family and friends thanks to the devices and apps that have become integral to how we manage our lives these days.
At the same time, for every single phone in use in the UK, four sit unused. These could be a lifeline for people experiencing digital exclusion.
That is why we are supporting Community Calling, a partnership between sustainability charity Hubbub and O2, to encourage people to donate their old, unused smartphones. These phones will be cleaned and set up before being distributed through local community groups to the vulnerable and socially isolated, such as the elderly and low income households, along with accompanying digital skills training. It also helps keep devices in use for longer, reducing electronic waste.
Hubbub have already rehomed close to 600 smartphones to people in Southwark who were previously digitally excluded, and are now asking for your help to reach their new target of 1500 phones to reach even more people in Southwark, Lambeth and Lewisham.
How to get involved
- Set up a drop-off point in your office or business as a collection point
- Encourage colleagues to donate their spare phones from home by freepost
- Arrange a courier collection to donate any business-owned devices that are no longer being used
You can find out more about how to donate your unused devices on Hubbub’s website. If you’re interested in setting up a drop-off point in your office or business, for colleagues or customers please contact rn [at] betterbankside.co.uk (subject: Community%20Calling) (Rachel Nicholson) who can send you more information about how this works.