While many of us have spent our locked-down lives on video calls and moved all our shopping online for our convenience, COVID-19 has shed a new light on people who are digitally excluded.
Why should you support
Getting Oxfordshire Online?
Digital exclusion is a long-term, existing issue that has been highlighted by COVID-19. There is an opportunity now to make good use of thousands of unused internet-enabled devices that could be refurbished to meet the demand. Our vision is that by 2025, the majority of those who are not currently online will have the digital access they need – can you help us make this happen?
There are three ways you can help…
Getting Oxfordshire Online is inviting donations of unwanted laptops, tablets and phones for refurbishment at our hubs in Oxford, Didcot and Bicester. The devices will be securely wiped to remove all data from them; they will then be reconfigured before being passed on to those who need them.
The initiative needs funding to operate the local hubs, as well as to provide subsidised data packages and fit-for-purpose support and training to help people get online. Funds are managed by local partner Oxfordshire Community Foundation and donations are welcomed from individuals, trusts and businesses.
As the initiative develops we will be looking at innovative ways to give people affordable access to broadband and data. This could include partnerships with businesses, and finding ways for people to share data within the community. Please get in touch if you are interested in helping in this way.