Support for people who need access to affordable devices and wifi.
Using a computer in the Library
Many Libraries and Community Hubs are open for PC access and printing. Visit the Leeds City Council website to see the full list of libraries, the services available, opening hours and contact details.
Equipment gifting schemes
The Tech Ladder is a Social Enterprise in Beeston and Holbeck offering free digital support for anyone in the city, though they especially look to support the communities of South Leeds. The Tech Ladder have new and refurbished smart phones, tablets, laptops and PCs available to gift on an ad hoc, case by case basis. They occasionally have data sim cards and devices with connectivity to gift. Digital skills support is also available. To enquire about current equipment availability and to make a referral call 07864639037
DAWY is a group of volunteers with a background in refurbishing and distributing tech, digital inclusion, education and community development. They collect and refurbish donated digital equipment and donate it to children and families in need. For more information or to make a referral visit their website or call 07756 560193.
Solidaritech refurbish and gift donated digital equipment, gifting to recipients on a ‘greatest need’ basis to Asylum Seekers and Refugees via partners at Asylum Seeker & Refugee organisations. For more information or to find out how to make a referral visit their website or call 01274 288 910.
Tech Angels is a new initiative linking school children with refurbished digital equipment with connectivity. They are looking for donations of old kit from individuals and businesses to be refurbished and gifted.
Referrals for children in need of digital devices are currently only open to organisations that are part of Leeds Community Foundation’s Healthy Holidays scheme but organisations who would like to be able to make referrals should get in touch with Tech Angels.
Support schemes that include loan of equipment and connectivity
Swarthmore is offering for local adults to be loaned Chromebooks and matched with volunteers who can support their digital skills development. For more information, please contact: Penny.Lewis@Swarthmore.org.uk
Active Leeds and Public Health resources to support people shielding during the Covid-19 pandemic, aimed at CEV groups and people with long term conditions. Resources include a tablet loan scheme, a Zoom activity programme, online peer support groups, and YouTube activities.
Grants schemes that provide equipment to individuals
Family Fund provide grants to families raising a disabled or seriously ill child and in need of support with essential items, including digital equipment. For more information and to apply visit their website or call 01904 550055.
WaveLength is the UK’s leading loneliness charity giving media technology (including phones and laptops) to those most in need. They support people who are lonely because of age, poor physical or mental health, or by circumstances which make it hard for them to leave their home. For more information and to apply visit their website or call 01708 621101.
RNIB offer grants to registered blind or partially sighted people in receipt of benefits for useful technology that can help them live independently, including digital equipment and accessibility software. To apply download the referral form from their website. For more information visit their website or call 0303 123 9999.
Buttle UK can provide financial help to young people aged 16 to 20 who receive no support from their parents or guardians, so that they can further their education or employment. This includes funding for digital technology to support a young person’s studies. For more information and to apply, visit their website.
BT Basic is a low-cost telephone service for people on specific means-tested benefits. It gives people peace of mind by helping them to budget. The monthly line rental only costs £5.16 a month. As well as getting free weekend calls it comes with a call allowance a monthly price cap. If you would like to add broadband to a BT Basic line, the total cost of this is £10.07. If you’re the named account holder, you can get a BT Basic application form by calling 0800 800 864.
Virgin Media Essential Broadband
Virgin Media Essential Broadband, available to those receiving Universal Credit. It comes with a speed of 15 Mbps and a fixed price of £15 per month, with no fixed-term contract length and no price changes while benefit payments are being received.
Vodaphone’s new deal for job seekers gives job seekers Endless Data (+ calls & texts) at £10 a month for six months.