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.