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ConnectingU Device Scheme

AbilityNet is delighted to announce a new digital device scheme in partnership with Lenovo, called ConnectingU.

Thanks to the team at Lenovo and its
digital equity programme, we are launching ConnectingU, which will see 300 digital devices (Lenovo 500e Chromebook 2nd Gen and SIM-enabled Lenovo Tablet M10) and support made available to anyone struggling to access any digital service – from banking to accessing official government services online. Recipients must be UK-based and over the age of 50 or UK-based disabled people over 18 years of age.

What is the ConnectingU scheme about?
Older and disabled people are disproportionately excluded from the digital world. The ConnectingU project aims to break down the digital divide by providing devices, and – just as importantly – skills, to empower individuals to use the devices independently in the future.

All recipients of the devices will be eligible for free training and advice through AbilityNet’s free Tech Support services including a freephone helpline, online resources and Tech volunteer support.

Our amazing team of volunteers are disclosure checked and can help with all sorts of information technology challenges, from setting up the device to fixing technical issues, showing users how to stay connected to family and staying safe online. We also offer specialist disability advice and support to break down any barriers individuals may encounter due to a disability or impairment.

The devices will also include a SIM card with pre-loaded data, unlimited minutes and texts for 6 months. This bundle is thanks to our friends at the Good Things Foundation via the National Databank Scheme.

Download a document with full details of the project, eligibility criteria and timings.

How to apply
Please complete the form to declare your interest in receiving a batch of 10 or more free Lenovo devices from the ConnectingU project, run by AbilityNet and supported by Lenovo.

The deadline for applications is Monday 9 May at 5pm.
Organisations will be notified if their application has been successful by Tuesday 17 May.
Successful organisations must attend an introductory onboarding webinar.

All enquiries to Chris Grant via email chris.grant@abilitynet.org.uk