The 50,000 free SIMs will help those facing homelessness connect with vital help and services.
Vodafone has pledged to provide more than 50,000 free SIMs, worth a total of £4.5m, to homelessness charities across the UK through its charities.connected initiative.
Vodafone’s partner, youth homelessness charity LandAid, will raise awareness within its wide network of the availability of mobile connectivity, which doesn’t require a name or address. The SIMs include free data, unlimited texts and UK calls. From national charities, such as Centrepoint, to local community charities, the 50,000 free SIMs will help those facing homelessness connect with vital help and services.
LandAid brings together businesses and individuals from across the property industry to help young people facing homelessness. With 122,000 young people approaching their local council for housing support last year alone, the demand has never been higher. The last few years have highlighted the vital need for digital connectivity on both a personal and professional level. Free mobile data can help improve young people’s wellbeing, education, and future job prospects.
LandAid and Vodafone have committed to jointly raise awareness of the ways digital exclusion can impact young people experiencing homelessness and, through their networks of charity partners, provide free connectivity where it’s needed most.
Vodafone’s charities.connected programme launched in 2021 and gives every UK registered charity the opportunity to apply for free connectivity to improve its digital capability or help the individuals and families it supports to get online. To date, the initiative has supported over 1,800 organisations across a range of social causes, including refugees, domestic abuse, homelessness, healthcare and learning disabilities.