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During the current COVID-19 Pandemic, we are pleased to be able to provide free internet devices and data for people and organisations in need if they meet simple qualifying criteria. Our aim is to try and help people throughout Cambridgeshire with devices, data and digital skills training.
We have schemes for people living in Cambridge, and also for organisations delivering services in Cambridge. But if you live in another area of Cambridgeshire, please still apply as we may be able to help.
Our work is funded by Cambridge City Council, Cambridge City Homes, South Cambridgeshire District Council, and donations. We have laptops, tablets, 4G SIM cards, and Mobile Wi-Fi devices available. SIM Cards and Wi-Fi devices are currently only available for people living in Cambridge or South Cambridgeshire. Most equipment is new – some is refurbished. Most equipment is given out permanently, while some is provided on loan.
Families and individuals can apply to us directly, or we can accept agency referrals. We have a short form which will help us to see which scheme would suit your situation. The online form is available here: Registration Form
You can also email email@example.com to request a paper copy of the form, or call us on 01223 300407 to complete the form by phone. The phone line is open 9am to 4pm Monday to Friday, or leave a message and we will call you back at a time to suit you.
Examples where we can help:
A single mum living in South Cambridgeshire who is out of work has an internet connection, but needs a laptop for her 11 year old son to use to access online learning at a village college.
A shielding older person living in council housing in Cambridge with no internet access needs a laptop and mobile 4G Wi-Fi internet connection to keep in touch with friends and relatives.
A young adult needs a computer tablet with 4G SIM card to keep in touch with mental health support services.
Organisations supporting the work of Digital Inclusion in Cambridge City can apply to us directly. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org briefly setting out your need. Examples where we can help:
A local charity showing their users how to access online support networks needs two computer tablets and a mobile 4G Wi-Fi internet connection for a few weeks.
A local group working with people at risk of homelessness needs five internet tablets with 4G SIM cards to loan to users while they search for work and apply for benefits.
A partnership group providing community development services in a deprived area needs six laptops and a Wi-Fi hub to run a series of two day digital skills training workshops in a community centre.
There is no deadline for applications. We aim to give a decision within a week, with equipment delivery within two weeks.
If you have any questions, please Contact Us.