Our Projects and Schemes

Connectivity Access Scheme

The Connectivity Access Scheme, launched in 2022, has been established to supply individual that meet the criteria (see below) with access to connectivity.

The Connectivity Access Scheme will provide free connectivity to the intended beneficiary.

We only have limited number of data packages available (around 135). Therefore, we will be distributing these as fairly as possible, targeting those that most need the support. Therefore, it may take longer to processes referrals on the scheme. 

The way in which someone can be supplied with connectivity through this scheme must be by completing the referral form online. You can either self-refer or referrer someone else as a professional referrer. 

Professionals must ensure the beneficiary being referred into the scheme are aware and require connectivity. Failure to notify the beneficiary could result in future referrals from the organisation being automatically declined. 

The scheme is being funded by Kent County Council, through it's Helping Hands Scheme under the Digital Inclusion & Capability funding stream. The funding has been available through various COVID-19 Grants by the government. The connectivity solution (SIM cards) are being provided by the National Databank by the Good Things Foundation

Refer yourself or someone into this scheme.

Eligibility and Referral Guidance

To be eligible for this scheme, either you or the person you're referring must be:  

  • digitally excluded,
  • aged 18 or over, 
  • residing in Kent or Medway.

Either you can refer yourself or a professional can make a referral. You cannot make a referral for a friend, family member or someone you live with. 

Examples of a professional who can nominate a beneficiary include (but not limited to):

  • charity employees
  • local council or local authority employees
  • GP and specialist doctors
  • teachers or lecturers

The definition of digital exclusion in the context of this scheme is essentially an individual not able to use digital technologies, particularly the internet, due to the lack of access to the internet (broadband or mobile data) and as a beneficiary of this scheme, it could enhance their lives and contribute to them overcoming other disadvantages with they might face.