Homeless charities supported with 50,000 free Vodafone SIM cards

The 50,000 free SIM cards will help connect homeless people with life-saving help and services.

Vodafone has pledged to provide over 50,000 free SIM cards, worth a total of £4.5million, to homeless charities across the UK through its charities.connected initiative.

Vodafone’s partner LandAid, a charity for young homeless people, will raise awareness in its extensive network about the availability of mobile connectivity, which does not require a name or address. SIM cards include free data, unlimited texting and UK calls. From national charities, such as Centrepoint, to local community charities, the 50,000 free SIM cards will help connect homeless people with lifesaving help and services.

LandAid brings together businesses and individuals from all real estate sectors to help homeless youth. With 122,000 young people approaching their local council for housing assistance last year alone, demand has never been higher. Recent years have highlighted the vital need for digital connectivity on both a personal and professional level. Free mobile data can help improve the well-being, education and job prospects of young people.

LandAid and Vodafone have pledged to jointly raise awareness of the effects of digital exclusion on young homeless people and, through their networks of charity partners, to provide free connectivity where it is most needed.

Vodafone’s charities.connected program launched in 2021 and gives every registered charity in the UK the chance to apply for free connectivity to improve its digital capacity or help the people and families it supports to connect . To date, the initiative has supported more than 1,800 organizations in various social causes, including refugees, domestic violence, homelessness, healthcare and learning disabilities.

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Ahmed Essam, UK CEO of Vodafone, said: “I am delighted that we are supporting homelessness charities across the UK by providing free connectivity that does not require a name or address. Being connected is key to accessing support services and staying in touch with friends and family. Now more than ever it is important that we help those who are digitally excluded. We call on all registered charities to apply for free connectivity so that we can help as many people as possible. »

Paul Morrish, CEO of LandAid, said: “We are delighted to have partnered with Vodafone on this important campaign. The past two years have seen the world propelled into a new digital era. And we show no sign of returning. At LandAid, we have seen firsthand the devastating effects that lack of connectivity has had on many of the young people we support who have been homeless throughout the pandemic.

“Loneliness was rampant and the ability to work and pursue educational opportunities stalled. These SIM cards will enable thousands of young people across the UK to maintain vital personal and professional relationships in a time when digital connectivity is more important than ever.

Ed Tytherleigh, Director of Support and Housing, Centrepoint said: “Centrepoint is delighted to be part of this initiative, led by Vodafone in partnership with LandAid. Anonymous SIM cards, with no requirement for address or payment details, will allow us to provide free data to 2,000 young people who are homeless or currently at risk of homelessness, keeping them connected and giving them access to a variety of training, benefits, and employment opportunities.

“When the cost of living crisis affects all the young people we work with in different ways, it will make a huge difference to their well-being.”

Vodafone has pledged to connect one million people living in digital exclusion by the end of 2022. It has already provided 500,000 free SIM cards through partners including Trussell Trust, Barnardo’s and Good Things Foundation, as well as through its carities.connected program. Any charity registered in the UK can to apply for free connectivity.

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Notes to Editors

Charities.connected

Charities registered in the UK can request free connectivity. Once an application has been submitted, we endeavor to respond to confirm whether it has been accepted within 30 days. The SIM cards include 20 GB of data, plus free calls and texts every month for six months.

LandAid

LandAid is the property sector charity working to end youth homelessness in the UK. We bring the real estate industry together to support charities providing life-changing services to young people who are or have been homeless, or who are at risk of becoming homeless in the future. Through a unique network of partner companies, we invest funds and expertise where we can have a lasting impact.

For more information about LandAid, please contact Tim Hudson, Head of Communications and Engagement: [email protected]

www.landaid.org

twitter.com/landaid

Central point

Centrepoint provides accommodation and support for homeless people aged 16-25. It operates in London, Manchester, Yorkshire and the North East and through partnerships across the UK. It aims to end youth homelessness by 2037.

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