New City College adult students who have special needs or disabilities have been given an internet connection, data and a digital device for them to keep.
These students are often excluded from technology because they do not have the digital skills necessary or the access to a device, such as a smartphone, laptop or tablet.
But thanks to funding from The Good Things Foundation, New City College has been able to provide 200 devices and the support to help students learn how to use them safely and confidently.
The funding is part of a Digital Lifeline initiative which was launched to help improve the lives of those students with learning disabilities who have little or no access to modern technology and the benefits it can bring. It was found that during the lockdowns, access to technology helped people with learning disabilities stay connected, reduced loneliness and supported their mental health and wellbeing.