Vodafone launches free data scheme for charities

Vodafone has announced the launch of charities.connected, an initiative allowing UK charities to apply for free data.

The aim is to help individuals and families supported by charities, as well as enable organisations to improve their own digital capacity.

According to the 2021 Charity Digital Skills report, almost half of charities (45%) have had to give their users devices, data or support to enable them to get online and 20% said they had to cancel services because they did not have the skills or technology needed to deliver them.

Vodafone UK general counsel and external affairs, Helen Lamprell, said: “At Vodafone, we’ve put tackling digital exclusion at the heart of our business with our pledge to connect one million people by the end of 2022. We hope that by giving free connectivity to charities across the UK, we can enable them to better support their local communities, particularly those that are digitally excluded. We want to support projects big and small - please help us share this offer so we can reach as many charities as possible.”

Registered charities can apply for SIM cards with 20GB of data, plus free calls and texts every month for six months.

Multiple SIMs can be requested and repeat applications can be made if the organisation has a range of digital exclusion projects underway.

SIMs will work in any SIM-enabled device, for example, a phone, tablet, laptop or Mifi dongle.

The online application form includes proving information on how free connectivity will support the project and the number of people set to benefit.

To apply, visit: www.vodafone.co.uk/charitiesconnected.

Find out more at: https://www.vodafone.co.uk/mobile/everyone-connected/charities-connected.

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