Still time to apply for Digital Inclusion Funding Opportunities

A final reminder that we have three exciting digital inclusion funding opportunities still open for applications, with two Tablet Loan Schemes and a Digital Champions programme now live. Find all the details here.

There is still time to apply for our three new funding opportunities for upcoming digital inclusion programmes before the closing time of 12pm Wednesday 29th September. The funding opportunities include two Tablet Loan Schemes funded by Dixons Carphone and Vodafone respectively, along with a Digital Champions programme also funded by Vodafone. The Dixons Carphone funding is available to Brand Partners in England and both Vodafone opportunities are available for Partners in England and Wales. Read on to find out more, including how to apply.

Although the number of older people who are digitally connected continues to rise, there are still around 5 million people over the age of 55 who are not online. We live in an increasingly online world, with many key services moving to become ‘digital first’, and while many older people have embraced digital technology, there are others who are less confident who are at risk of being left behind. Digital inclusion is about making sure that people have the capability to use the internet to do things that benefit them day-to-day. It is defined in terms of digital skills, digital connectivity and digital accessibility. These new programme opportunities will each address the different aspects of digital inclusion.

Tablet Loan Schemes

We have two Tablet Loan Scheme funding opportunities available, funded by Dixons Carphone and Vodafone respectively. These programme opportunities will begin delivery in November 2021, and will provide participating partners with gifted technology to support the delivery of a Tablet Loan Scheme locally, as well as a small grant to support the coordination of delivery and collection and sharing of programme data. The two funding opportunities differ in terms of the delivery period and the partners they are available to, so please do read the relevant Programme Guidance available on the Loop before applying to ensure your organisation are eligible.

For more information on these opportunities, please click below:

These funding opportunities close on 12pm Wednesday 29th September.

Digital Champion Programme

We also have a new funding opportunity for partners in England and Wales to apply for funding to support the delivery of a six-month Digital Champion programme in their area, recruiting and training staff and volunteer Digital Champions to inspire older people to get online, and spend some time showing them how. This programme is funded by Vodafone and will begin delivery in November 2021.

For more information on this opportunity, please click here.

This funding opportunity closes 12pm Wednesday 29th September.

Contact

If you have any questions about any of these new opportunities, please get in touch with servicesdigital@ageuk.org.uk

Updated guidance for Vodafone Digital Champion funding opportunity

The Programme Guidance for the Vodafone Digital Champion funding has been updated, find full details here.

Following on from yesterday’s digital inclusion funding reminder, we have updated the guidance for the Vodafone Digital Champion programme to make clear that the programme activities and staff roles, are guidance only. The guidance details a model we have found to work well, but partners are welcome to submit applications with alternative ways of achieving the outcomes. All changes made to the guidance are highlighted in blue. For more information on this opportunity, and to view the guidance, please click here.

Please note: This funding opportunity closes 12pm Wednesday 29thSeptember.

If you have any questions about the guidance or the opportunity, please get in touch with servicesdigital@ageuk.org.uk

Two weeks left to apply for Digital Inclusion Funding Opportunities

We have three exciting digital inclusion funding opportunities still open for applications, with two Tablet Loan Schemes and a Digital Champions programme now live. Find all the details here.

There is still time to apply for our three new funding opportunities for upcoming digital inclusion programmes. This includes two Tablet Loan Schemes funded by Dixons Carphone and Vodafone respectively, along with a Digital Champions programme also funded by Vodafone. The Dixons Carphone funding is available to Brand Partners in England and both Vodafone opportunities are available for Partners in England and Wales. All three funding opportunities close on 12pm Wednesday 29th September, read on to find out more, including how to apply.

Although the number of older people who are digitally connected continues to rise, there are still around 5 million people over the age of 55 who are not online. We live in an increasingly online world, with many key services moving to become ‘digital first’, and while many older people have embraced digital technology, there are others who are less confident who are at risk of being left behind. Digital inclusion is about making sure that people have the capability to use the internet to do things that benefit them day-to-day. It is defined in terms of digital skills, digital connectivity and digital accessibility. These new programme opportunities will each address the different aspects of digital inclusion.

Tablet Loan Schemes

We have two Tablet Loan Scheme funding opportunities available, funded by Dixons Carphone and Vodafone respectively. These programme opportunities will begin delivery in November 2021, and will provide participating partners with gifted technology to support the delivery of a Tablet Loan Scheme locally, as well as a small grant to support the coordination of delivery and collection and sharing of programme data. The two funding opportunities differ in terms of the delivery period and the partners they are available to, so please do read the relevant Programme Guidance available on the Loop before applying to ensure your organisation are eligible.

For more information on these opportunities, please click below:

These funding opportunities close on 12pm Wednesday 29th September.

Digital Champion Programme

We also have a new funding opportunity for partners in England and Wales to apply for funding to support the delivery of a six-month Digital Champion programme in their area, recruiting and training staff and volunteer Digital Champions to inspire older people to get online, and spend some time showing them how. This programme is funded by Vodafone and will begin delivery in November 2021.

For more information on this opportunity, please click here.

This funding opportunity closes 12pm Wednesday 29th September.

Contact

If you have any questions about any of these new opportunities, please get in touch with servicesdigital@ageuk.org.uk

Three new Digital Inclusion Funding Opportunities now live

We have three exciting digital inclusion funding opportunities to share, with two Tablet Loan Schemes and a Digital Champions programme now live. Find all the details here.

We are pleased to announce three new funding opportunities to take part in upcoming digital inclusion programmes. This includes two Tablet Loan Schemes funded by Dixons Carphone and Vodafone respectively, along with a Digital Champions programme also funded by Vodafone. The Dixons Carphone funding is available to Brand Partners in England and both Vodafone opportunities are available for Partners in England and Wales. All three funding opportunities close on 12pm Wednesday 29th September, read on to find out more, including how to apply.

Although the number of older people who are digitally connected continues to rise, there are still around 5 million people over the age of 55 who are not online. We live in an increasingly online world, with many key services moving to become ‘digital first’, and while many older people have embraced digital technology, there are others who are less confident who are at risk of being left behind. Digital inclusion is about making sure that people have the capability to use the internet to do things that benefit them day-to-day. It is defined in terms of digital skills, digital connectivity and digital accessibility. These new programme opportunities will each address the different aspects of digital inclusion.

Tablet Loan Schemes

We have two Tablet Loan Scheme funding opportunities available, funded by Dixons Carphone and Vodafone respectively. These programme opportunities will begin delivery in November 2021, and will provide participating partners with gifted technology to support the delivery of a Tablet Loan Scheme locally, as well as a small grant to support the coordination of delivery and collection and sharing of programme data. The two funding opportunities differ in terms of the delivery period and the partners they are available to, so please do read the relevant Programme Guidance available on the Loop before applying to ensure your organisation are eligible.

For more information on these opportunities, please click below:

These funding opportunities close on 12pm Wednesday 29th September.

Digital Champion Programme

We also have a new funding opportunity for partners in England and Wales to apply for funding to support the delivery of a six-month Digital Champion programme in their area, recruiting and training staff and volunteer Digital Champions to inspire older people to get online, and spend some time showing them how. This programme is funded by Vodafone and will begin delivery in November 2021.

For more information on this opportunity, please click here.

This funding opportunity closes 12pm Wednesday 29th September.

Contact

If you have any questions about any of these new opportunities, please get in touch with servicesdigital@ageuk.org.uk

Reminder: Tablets available to donate to older people

There are still some tablets available to donate to older people most at risk of digital exclusion. Do you know older people in your community who could benefit from a tablet donation?

This is a quick reminder that Dixons Carphone have kindly donated a number of tablets to the Age UK Network, to help us to support older people who are currently offline and digitally excluded. We still have some devices left to donate and we need your help to reach older people most at risk of digital exclusion, to ensure that they can benefit from this opportunity. Full details can be found below.

Dixons Carphone have kindly donated a number of tablets to Age UK, to help us to support older people who are currently offline and digitally excluded.  

So far, we have been able to donate over 350 tablets to older people in need through our Telephone Friendship Service, Gifted Housing membership and the Age UK Sounding Board. These donations are already helping these older people get online, get connected and ultimately, to live a more included and independent.  

“The gift of the tablet is going to make such a difference to my life. It will give me independence for shopping, dealing with appointments and generally to recover some of my social life lost to COVID-19” Tablet recipient, aged 90  

We have 110 devices left to donate and we need your help to reach older people most at risk of digital exclusion, to ensure that they can benefit from this opportunity.  

Each donation pack includes:  

  • 1 x Tablet  
  • 1 x Dongle (connectivity)  
  • 1 x user-friendly instruction guide to help get started (written by Age UK) 

We understand that lots of older people who might benefit from a tablet may not have the confidence or skills to make the most of their new device. To support them to do so, Dixons Carphone are supporting us with a free Tech Helpline, where their staff volunteers can answer any questions that an older person might have about their new device – whether that be simply switching it on, making a video call, or doing their shopping online! This Tech Helpline will be available until the end of January 2021.  

With their consent, Age UK will liaise directly with the older person interested in this opportunity to ensure that they and we have everything that is needed to get a tablet to them! Rest assured that no personal data will be shared with or stored by Dixons Carphone directly, and all communications with the older person will be from Age UK directly.  

Do you know older people in your community who could benefit from a tablet donation? These older people would currently not have access to a device of their own, and would be willing and motivated to get online with their new device. 

Do you deliver digital skills support through your organisation, and would this service have the capacity to help tablet recipients in your community? Older people with no or low-level digital skills may need initial and/or ongoing support to make the most of their new device, and therefore may need access to this upon receipt. Whilst the Tech Helpline can provide support until January 2021, support may be needed after this date. 

How to get involved

If you know of someone in your community who could benefit from this opportunity, and are able to support them to make the most of their new device, please get in touch with sarah.parkes@ageuk.org.uk by 12pm Friday 8th January 2021.

Please provide:  

  1. Details of the digital skills support provided through your organisation  
  1. The full name and contact telephone number for the individuals interested in receiving a device  
  1. Consent forms for individuals to be contacted by Age UK to arrange delivery of the device – please use your own template 
  1. Consent from a minimum of one older person to provide feedback about how they found using the device  

FAQ 

Are we able to use these devices to support our staff and volunteers to deliver services?  

Due to the restrictions set by the funder on this donation, we are unable to donate the tablets to be used by staff or volunteers and need to be donated directly to older people.  

Is there a limit on how many older people I can put forward for a device donation?  

We want to ensure that as many older people across the country (England and Wales) as possible can take advantage of this opportunity, and therefore are limiting the number of donations per brand partner to five each.  

Will we need to manage the distribution of devices in our local area?  

Once you provide us with the details of the older person/people who are interested in a device, we will then call the older person to confirm that they are happy to receive a device, and ensure that they have all the information that they need. We will then work with our warehouse in Warrington to distribute the tablets accordingly. Once the older person has received their device, you will be able to liaise with them about initial or ongoing support, as part of your digital inclusion service.  

When will the older person/people we put forward receive their device?  

We are asking for details of the individuals that you think would benefit from a donation by 12pm Friday 8th January 2021. We will then speak with older people the following week, and plan to distribute tablets to older people no later than Wednesday 20th January 2021. Older people should receive their devices within 48 hours of dispatch.    

Do we need to provide any feedback to Age UK?  

As with all our services and programmes, our funders are interested in the impact that their funding/ donation is having on older people. Therefore, we want to speak with some of those who receive a device to understand how they found using their tablet. Please discuss with the individual whether they are happy to speak with us about their experience during initial conversations. We ask that at least one older person you put forward to us has provided consent for us to speak with them.  

What if we don’t deliver digital inclusion services, can we still put forward older people?  

We understand that many older people who are currently offline need not only support with access to technology, but also the support to develop their confidence and skills to make the most of a new device. In fact, receiving a device without this support can increase the barriers to getting online that an older person already faces. Therefore, to ensure that older people can benefit from this opportunity, we ask that you are able to provide this support to individuals, for example through the delivery of staff- or volunteer-led remote digital skills support sessions.  

110 Tablets available to donate to older people

We have 110 tablets to donate to older people most at risk of digital exclusion. Do you know older people in your community who could benefit from a tablet donation?

Dixons Carphone have kindly donated a number of tablets to Age UK, to help us to support older people who are currently offline and digitally excluded. We have 110 devices left to donate and we need your help to reach older people most at risk of digital exclusion, to ensure that they can benefit from this opportunity. Find out all the details below.

So far, we have been able to donate over 350 tablets to older people in need through our Telephone Friendship Service, Gifted Housing membership and the Age UK Sounding Board. These donations are already helping these older people get online, get connected and ultimately, to live a more included and independent.  

“The gift of the tablet is going to make such a difference to my life. It will give me independence for shopping, dealing with appointments and generally to recover some of my social life lost to COVID-19” Tablet recipient, aged 90  

We have 110 devices left to donate and we need your help to reach older people most at risk of digital exclusion, to ensure that they can benefit from this opportunity.  

Each donation pack includes:  

  • 1 x Tablet  
  • 1 x Dongle (connectivity)  
  • 1 x user-friendly instruction guide to help get started (written by Age UK) 

We understand that lots of older people who might benefit from a tablet may not have the confidence or skills to make the most of their new device. To support them to do so, Dixons Carphone are supporting us with a free Tech Helpline, where their staff volunteers can answer any questions that an older person might have about their new device – whether that be simply switching it on, making a video call, or doing their Christmas shopping online! This Tech Helpline will be available until the end of January 2021.  

With their consent, Age UK will liaise directly with the older person interested in this opportunity to ensure that they and we have everything that is needed to get a tablet to them! Rest assured that no personal data will be shared with or stored by Dixons Carphone directly, and all communications with the older person will be from Age UK directly.  

Do you know older people in your community who could benefit from a tablet donation? These older people would currently not have access to a device of their own, and would be willing and motivated to get online with their new device. 

Do you deliver digital skills support through your organisation, and would this service have the capacity to help tablet recipients in your community? Older people with no or low-level digital skills may need initial and/or ongoing support to make the most of their new device, and therefore may need access to this upon receipt. Whilst the Tech Helpline can provide support until January 2021, support may be needed after this date.  

How to get involved

If you know of someone in your community who could benefit from this opportunity, and are able to support them to make the most of their new device, please get in touch with sarah.parkes@ageuk.org.uk by 12pm Friday 8th January 2021.

Please provide:  

  1. Details of the digital skills support provided through your organisation  
  1. The full name and contact telephone number for the individuals interested in receiving a device  
  1. Consent for individuals to be contacted by Age UK to arrange delivery of the device  
  1. Consent from a minimum of one older person to provide feedback about how they found using the device  
FAQ 

Are we able to use these devices to support our staff and volunteers to deliver services?  

Due to the restrictions set by the funder on this donation, we are unable to donate the tablets to be used by staff or volunteers and need to be donated directly to older people.  

Is there a limit on how many older people I can put forward for a device donation?  

We want to ensure that as many older people across the country (England and Wales) as possible can take advantage of this opportunity, and therefore are limiting the number of donations per brand partner to five each.  

Will we need to manage the distribution of devices in our local area?  

Once you provide us with the details of the older person/people who are interested in a device, we will then call the older person to confirm that they are happy to receive a device, and ensure that they have all the information that they need. We will then work with our warehouse in Warrington to distribute the tablets accordingly. Once the older person has received their device, you will be able to liaise with them about initial or ongoing support, as part of your digital inclusion service.  

When will the older person/people we put forward receive their device?  

We are asking for details of the individuals that you think would benefit from a donation by 12pm Friday 8th January 2021. We will then speak with older people the following week, and plan to distribute tablets to older people no later than Wednesday 20th January 2021. Older people should receive their devices within 48 hours of dispatch.    

Do we need to provide any feedback to Age UK?  

As with all our services and programmes, our funders are interested in the impact that their funding/ donation is having on older people. Therefore, we want to speak with some of those who receive a device to understand how they found using their tablet. Please discuss with the individual whether they are happy to speak with us about their experience during initial conversations. We ask that at least one older person you put forward to us has provided consent for us to speak with them.  

What if we don’t deliver digital inclusion services, can we still put forward older people?  

We understand that many older people who are currently offline need not only support with access to technology, but also the support to develop their confidence and skills to make the most of a new device. In fact, receiving a device without this support can increase the barriers to getting online that an older person already faces. Therefore, to ensure that older people can benefit from this opportunity, we ask that you are able to provide this support to individuals, for example through the delivery of staff- or volunteer-led remote digital skills support sessions.