Bob Hughes, a County councillor for Shere, has very kindly provided Surrey Coalition of Disabled People with some of his community funding allocation for our Tech to Community Connect.
The service is aimed at people who are at the highest risk of digital exclusion; people who are disabled, people with a long-term health condition, people with mental ill-health, carers, older people and people from black and minoritised ethnic groups.
Bob Hughes, Councillor ‘I am very pleased to give part of my Member’s community allocation to the Surrey Coalition of Disabled People to help them expand their Tech project’.
‘The pandemic has pointed up to many people just how isolated they are as others used IT to communicate using Zoom, WhatsApp and other channels. This increased use of IT to communicate can put people with disabilities at a further disadvantage unless they are supported to be able to use IT as a communication tool’.
‘This is often difficult and painstaking work, and I have observed that the leadership shown by the Coalition has produced solid schemes that are producing results. With more funding they are capable of helping many more people to use IT to communicate’.
The service is made up of a few parts (and you can access all of them, or just the bits you need!)
- We lend you a device that suits your needs (for example, a tablet computer, a smartphone or a smart home speaker).
- We ‘match’ you up with a volunteer Tech Angel, and you agree how you would like to be supported and what you would like to achieve.
- We connect you to our ‘stay connected’ virtual social groups, if you would like to join them, or others on offer through the Virtual Wellbeing Hub.
- We give you the opportunity to become a virtual volunteer if you would like to.
Please do get in touch with us if you or somebody you know in Surrey would benefit from the service.