Vodafone has asked MSPs to help promote its new initiative, charities.connected, part of the company’s commitment to tackle digital exclusion and connect one million people by the end of 2022.

It gives any charity in the UK the opportunity to apply for free connectivity to help the individuals and families it supports get online or to improve its own digital capability.

The connectivity, in the form of SIM cards offering 20GB of data plus free calls and texts every month for six months, will work in any SIM-enabled device (a phone, tablet, laptop, MiFi or dongle).

Martin Whitfield MSP said:

“We have seen the damaging effects of digital exclusion during the pandemic and how much more work is needed to bridge that divide and ensure that individuals and communities are not left behind.

“This is a great opportunity for charities of all sizes in Southern Scotland to apply for free connectivity to support them with their work and improve their digital capability.” 

Registered charities of any size can apply by completing a simple online application form at www.vodafone.co.uk/…/everyon…/charities-connected and applications are open until 1 November 2022, or until supplies last.