As a result of COVID19, many Torus tenants are having to adapt to a change in their circumstances, whether it be regarding their employment, having to school children at home or trying to stay connected during a difficult time.

Many of these changes require access to technology and the Internet, which unfortunately is not available to everyone. Torus Foundation and partners have responded to the increasing digital exclusion by looking at ways of being able to provide both the IT equipment and online support that communities need to progress.

With increasing restrictions on the traditional classroom setting, it has become more important than ever for people to be digitally included.

Thanks to the Critical Connections project, 100 Torus tenants, who are out of work and living with health conditions, have been gifted tablets and 3-months of free WiFi to allow them to connect digitally during these difficult times. The Critical Connections project, funded by The National Lottery Community Fund, provides people with the tools they need to update their CV, apply for jobs and even attend virtual interviews.

With an aging population and a growing need to be digitally confident, many older people are isolated from the virtual world. The Get Yourself Online project, made possible by LCR Cares, has enabled 30 Torus tenants aged 70 and over to get a free tablet and 3-months’ worth of WiFi to help them stay connected and access doctors services and food deliveries.

Tenants like Danielle are already experiencing the benefits from such projects. Danielle comments,

“Having access to the Internet is already helping us as a family. I’m able to help my son with his school work, stay in contact with my family who don’t live by us and I’m able to complete forms which has given me more confidence online.

“I feel less isolated but more importantly, less stressed as I’m able to support my son more. As a family, during COVID, it’s helped up feel more connected.”

If you’re a Torus tenant looking for online support, or an organisation looking to help us benefit communities across Liverpool, St Helens or Warrington, contact Torus Foundation.

0300 123 5809 / info@torusfoundation.org.uk

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