We have been working with local schools since before the pandemic started, as we recognised the importance of internet at home for children.
Offering home broadband to families in need has always been an important part of our ethos but it’s not just children we want to help. Having worked with charities such as Age UK and local community projects, our aim is to stop digital exclusion, which is why we have committed to giving away 20% of our network for free, to causes and families.
When the pandemic hit, we knew home internet was more important than ever. Homeschooling is near impossible without access to the online resources children need.
In January we heard about The Computers for Kids Appeal that had been set up by a local Blackburn charity called Secret Santa. Through donations of laptops and PCs, their plan was to refurbish, update and give away the devices for free to children on free school meals.
When we contacted them, they had already donated over 50 devices as part of their appeal. We explained to the charity that we would like to help them in their mission and offer a free broadband connection alongside the devices.
We knew that having the tools to learn was a massive step forward for these children but without internet they would face further barriers.
We are now working together with Secret Santa to help as many families and their children as possible to get connected and to continue to learn at home.
At 6G Internet, we are all immensely proud at just what we have achieved so far and how much of a difference we have made to these children and their family’s lives.
Who knows what the future holds? What we do know is that we will continue to try and make a difference and make life a little easier for those that need it.