STAYING CONNECTED
MAKING THE DIGITAL WORLD A REALITY FOR EVERYONE IN NORTH HERTS AND STEVENAGE

 

We provide start up Wi-Fi to connect to the internet, recycled and refurbished laptops, tablets, and mobile phones, donated by members of the public and business and redistribute them to people in need in North Herts and Stevenage. 

 

Staying Connected is for people in need, to access health appointments and information as well as staying connected with their friends, families, and communities. The equipment also helps people apply for work and continue with their education, volunteering, and interests 

 

Free training is provided for those who received the equipment (or have their own equipment already) but have the same need to improve their health and wellbeing by learning to use their equipment safely.  

 

We also provide free six-month Sim cards for those in digital poverty who are being hosted in the North Herts and Stevenage area. 

 

REducing digital poverty throughout hertfordshire

 

Digital poverty happens when people do not have the equipment, Wi-Fi and/or skills and /or knowledge to make access the internet. 

 

The Digital Poverty Alliance , define digital poverty as  

 

‘The inability to interact with the online world fully, when where and how an individual needs to.’ 

 

The effects of digital poverty include increasing inequalities, isolation, financial poverty, unemployment due to lack of access to opportunities, information, services, and shopping.  

 

 DO YOU HAVE SERVICEABLE IT EQUIPMENT, SUCH AS LAPTOPS, TABLETS, AND MOBILE PHONES YOU NO LONGER NEED?

 

Please donate to us. The equipment will be securely cleaned, reimaged, and given to someone who needs it. You are also helping the environment and the planet by recycling used equipment. 

 

Your support makes a life changing difference, enabling someone to do things such as seeing their loved ones on a video call, making medical appointments, renewing prescriptions, doing their shopping on-line, find social activities, access health information and much more. 

 

Contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 01462 689408 to find out how to donate. 

 

 

 

Do you know someone who could benefit from our service? 

 

‘Sally is wonderful. She answered my questions to my way of understanding. I am lucky to have been matched with such a patient   lady. She has taught me so much.’ 

Wilma, client

 

Referrals are usually made though Hertfordshire Social Prescribers (also known as Link workers) who work alongside GPs surgeries to support people in the community access information, advice, and services to support their health and wellbeing.  

 

Please contact your GP surgery directly about the Social Prescribing service in Hertfordshire. 

 

Covid highlighted the need to access online services and information and our need to communicate with others from our homes. We offer support through a team of trained Volunteer Digital Champions who provide help and guidance on how to use devices effectively and safely either at your home or locally. 

 

If you would like to make a referral for someone to receive equipment and/or support from one of our Digital Champion volunteers, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (01462 689408). A referral form must be completed by a health, social care and/or housing professional who knows you is needed, for us to see if we can help you. Contact us for a referral form. 

We can also advise about other Staying Connected projects throughout Hertfordshire. 

 

Do YOU have what it takes to be a Digital Champion? 

 

We are looking for people who are comfortable with technology, who want to make a difference in other people’s lives. Digital Champions are enthusiastic, patient and have spare time. 

 

They typically volunteer from one hour a week to an hour every 2 months depending on their availability and the requests for help that we receive.  

 

I have very much enjoyed my time as a digital champion. It has been great fun and I have enjoyed my time hugely. I had forgotten how much pleasure one gets from helping others achieve their aims. The satisfaction derived from seeing someone 'getting it' cannot easily be replicated elsewhere! My background is in education and teaching computer literacy, so this volunteer role has fitted my skills perfectly. So - it is not all one sided, I think we've both got a lot out of it, and long may it continue!  

Sally, Digital Champion 

 

All our volunteers must sign a Volunteer Agreement, undergo a DBS check, have references, and complete a Digital Champion online Course.  

 

Interested? Please sign up here Staying Connected | GoVolHerts - #TeamHerts Volunteering  

 

 

 

 

At various times of the week Digital Champions are available in our community. Please contact the organisation directly to find out more information. 

 

 

Irish Network Stevenage  Sherma Batson Centre, 10 - 12 Exchange Rd, Stevenage SG1 1PZ  01438 725400 

 

Create Community in Stevenage and Letchworth 19-29 Station Rd, Letchworth Garden City SG6 3BB  01462 558802 

 

 

 
Together, we can eradicate digital poverty in North Herts and Stevenage and “Tomorrow will be a good [digital] day”.