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News Report Page 7 of 10
Publication Date:-
2021-05-02
 
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Vodaphone joins forces with Good Things Foundation and Mencap to connect those in the North West who have been hit the hardest by the Pandemic

VODAFONE has announced it is working with the social change charity Good Things Foundation to connect digitally excluded families in some of the most disadvantaged areas of the UK. Vodafone has provided unlimited data SIMs and dongles to connect over 2,500 people, including almost 200 families and adults with disabilities in the North West, enabling them to access support services, online education and employment opportunities. The Good Things Foundation 'Connecting Families' programme crucially includes specialist 1 on 1e support to ensure that, in addition to devices and connectivity, every family learns essential digital skills so they can benefit fully from the tech they've been given.

Vodafone's has also provided Mi-Fi devices and unlimited data SIMs to support adults with learning disabilities and their carers via Good Things Foundation and Mencap, the UK's leading learning disability charity.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) estimates that 1.9 million households in the UK don't have reliable access to fixed line internet, and as many as 11.7 million people lack the basic digital skills needed to support everyday tasks such as communicating, accessing healthcare and being safe and confident online. ONS data also points to the disproportionately negative impact Covid19 has had on:- disabled people, especially those with learning disabilities, who are more likely to face digital exclusion.

Since March 2020, Good Things Foundation has distributed devices and connectivity to more than 13,000 families across the UK. It works with local community partners to ensure the programme reaches families most in need and where the tech will have an impact quickly. Anecdotal evidence from its work throughout the Pandemic suggests many families have struggled to support children's learning at home because one or both parents lack technology knowledge; and that accessing essential support services, healthcare and benefit systems has been an enormous challenge.

Helen Lamprell, General Counsel and External Affairs Director of Vodafone UK, said:- "Our purpose as a business has been supercharged during the Pandemic, in particular our role in providing connectivity and support to vulnerable people in society who've been disproportionally impacted. Programmes such as Schools Connected and The Great British Tech Appeal have played a big role and helped us reach more than 350,000 children and young people. I hope that, via Good Things Foundation and Mencap, we can support even more people at the time they need it most."

Helen Milner OBE, CEO, Good Things Foundation said:- "We're delighted to be working with Vodafone on the Connecting Families programme. The devices, SIMs and dongles have had a hugely positive impact for many families in some of the most disadvantaged areas of the UK. Digital connectivity and skills are no longer a nice to have, but a need to have. People who can't afford a device or data have struggled to access education, financial and job support, and health appointments. We know that digital access has been a lifeline to disadvantaged families and the need to work together to continue to work towards fixing the Digital Divide has never been greater."

Phil Clark, Digital Partnerships Programme Manager at the learning disability charity Mencap, said:- "The world we live in is becoming increasingly digital and, as we have seen during the crisis, it's more important than ever to be digitally connected. People with a learning disability often struggle to access and use digital tools and it is vital that they are not left behind, particularly during the Pandemic when so many have suffered. With the right support, people with a learning disability can use technology to be independent, stay connected and feel more included in their local community. We are incredibly grateful to be working with Vodafone and the Good Things Foundation to help connect more people with a learning disability across the UK - especially during such challenging times."

Vodafone announced in March that it had donated 10,000 dongle devices to Business2Schools, which is distributing them to Schools across the UK. It also made a ₤200,000 donation to the Raspberry Pi Foundation's 'Learn at Home' campaign to enable it to distribute 500 computer kits to disadvantaged young people and provide specialist training to youth workers so they can teach digital and coding skills.

These donations follow Vodafone's Schools connected programme, which gave 350,000 SIM cards to 9,000 Schools and colleges across the UK; and its Great British Tech Appeal which calls on the public and businesses to donate unwanted devices. Working with Barnardo's, Safe Lives and British Red Cross, Vodafone then sends these devices to those most in need, with6 months' free connectivity. To date, the programme has helped over 5,000 vulnerable people.
 


Merseyside bolstered by 529 extra Police Officers

DAMIEN Moore MP has welcomed the announcement that 529 Police Officers have been recruited in Merseyside Police in the 1st year of Prime Minister Boris Johnson's campaign to recruit 20,000 by March 2023, as part of the 8,771 additional Officers that have been recruited across England and Wales.

This means the Conservative Government's target of recruiting 6,000 by March 2021 in the 1st year of the programme has been dramatically exceeded, with the halfway milestone likely to be reached within the coming weeks.

The addition of these new Officers brings the total number of Police across Merseyside up to 3,976, meaning there are now more frontline Officers on our streets to keep the public safe.

The pledge to recruit an additional 20,000 Police Officers was 1 of Boris Johnson's key pledges during the Conservative Party leadership contest nearly t2 years ago.

The new figures have also confirmed that every single Force across England and Wales has met or exceed their recruitment targets. 139,000 people have applied to join the Police since the start of the recruitment programme.

Analysis of diversity data shows that there are now 10,218 Officers from a Black Asian and Minority Ethnic background; the highest number on record.

In addition to recruiting 20,000 additional Police Officers, the Conservative Government is supporting the Police with the powers they need to crack down on crime, including through introducing the landmark Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill; which will give the Police additional powers to get knives off the streets, a ₤636 million funding boost for Police Forces this year, and a new Police covenant; which will enhance support and protection for frontline Police Officers.

Commenting, Damien Moore MP said:- "Getting more Police Officers onto our streets is 1 of the people's priorities, and so I am delighted that, this Conservative Government has already delivered an extra 529 Officers across Merseyside Police. Every 1 of these Officers will make an enormous difference in helping to cut crime and keep people safe; and I know that many more will follow as this People's Government continues to deliver on its promise to recruit 20,000 more over the next 3 years. By backing our Police with the funding, powers and resources they need, we are keeping the public and our communities safe, so that people everywhere can live their lives free from the fear of crime."

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:- "When I became Prime Minister, I made a commitment that we would recruit more Police Officers, cut crime and make your streets safer. In just 1 year, we have hired an extra 9,000 extra Police Officers, smashing our 1st year target and putting us well on track to recruit the 20,000 new Officers we promised. But we need Police and Crime Commissioners locally who can continue to work with the Government to recruit Police Officers and cut crime as we Build Back Safer from the Pandemic, so I'd urge people up and down the country to vote for their local Conservative candidate on Thursday, 6 May 2021."

Home Secretary Priti Patel said:- "As Home Secretary, keeping you, your family and our country safe is my number 1 priority. 1 of the Government's key promises was to put an extra 20,000 Police Officers on our streets, and I'm delighted that one year in we have surpassed expectations and already recruited nearly 9,000 additional Police Officers. Our Police Officers are the very best of us and I will continue to give them the resources and powers they need to keep us and our loved ones safe. But I need local Police and Crime Commissioners to work with me to get crime down as we emerge from the Pandemic, so I'd urge everyone to vote for their local Conservative candidate, on Thursday, 6 May 2021."
 

 
      
 
   
 
 
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