A SocialBox.Biz post by Heather, 15 May 2020
SocialBox.Biz has been featured in the All Party Parliamentary Group on Social Integration (APPG) Social Connection in the COVID-19 Crisis. This report was created to explore social inclusion and digital exclusion in relation strictly to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the report and ONS statistics (2018), 5.3 million UK adults have no internet access. During the pandemic, 39% of people ages 18-24 report being more lonely, while nearly 20% of those ages 65+ report the same.
In addition, the report highlights the specific challenges faced by vulnerable groups, including the homeless, older people, refugees, and asylum-seekers.
The APPG Integration report stated the fact that SocialBox.Biz founder Peter Paduh came to London as an unaccompanied child refugee.
SocialBox.Biz and the Laptops for the Homeless and Vulnerable Initiative have been helping these groups by providing reused, donated laptops loaded with open source software for many years already. This puts internet access in the hands of those who need it the most. While we usually offer fixed and pop-up classes on basic IT skills, we’ve modified our schedule to offer these classes by phone. All of this is making it possible to keep vulnerable populations connected – even in a time of crisis.
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