More about our 2022 Issue
Young people living in our supported accommodation have been through family breakdowns, trauma and/or poor mental health. They now face being left behind by digital poverty: “the inability to interact with the online world fully, when, where and how an individual needs to” Digital Poverty Alliance.
Three critical factors are: financial poverty, access and lack of skills. We estimate 70% of our residents do not have a device suitable for studying, personal admin or accessing services they need.
“The pandemic has deepened the digital divide. While millions have learnt to do new things online, many are left further behind – lacking skills to keep up, while technology speeds up. Low income and low education stand out across all age groups for those who only use the internet in a limited way.” Good Things Foundation – Blueprint to fix the digital divide