You may think that poverty is just about not having enough to eat. While partly true, there is a new form of poverty that stops people finding out about and claiming benefits, that makes it hard to apply for work, to secure housing or even to keep in touch with family.
We are talking about ‘Digital Poverty’ where you cannot, either through lack of access or ability, interact with the online world. And it is is a problem that is real and which disadvantages many people, creating a divide that they cannot cross without help. Those who suffer from Digital Poverty, both young and old, need a bridge to cross this divide.
iReach, a digital literacy workshop run by Thames Reach, is one such bridge.
iReach provides practical help to get people online quickly, increasing understanding of keyboard layouts and simplifying day to day applications. As well as teaching digital literacy skills, we also provide laptops and tablets to people who cannot afford their own.
Since 2019 Thames Reach has delivered iReach to 332 people. Everyone who has attended a course leaves knowing how to set up and use email, browse the internet and manage social media. Nearly 100 participants have gone on to further education, achieved online qualifications or secured employment.
Ending digital poverty is one of the key elements in helping people move away from homelessness. Join us on 26 May to hear more about this vital work.
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