As you know, at the start of lockdown we made sure all our Boaz houses had internet access. We raised money through our first official Crowdfunder and thanks to your generosity, we were able to get everyone online!
We also made sure everyone had access to a smartphone or tablet (sometimes shared by the household). This has made a huge difference to our clients.
One of our support workers, Vicky, put it like this:
Internet access helps the way we can support our clients from afar. Video calling a client through Zoom means you can share your screen with someone and walk them through how to do something like completing an application form, updating Manchester Move, or applying for Universal Credit.
This is a big ask, we know, but we currently have a small number of clients who have recently been granted refugee status but who are really struggling to effectively participate in life on line with only an old phone. It would be much easier for them to engage in classes and conversations and to complete online forms, college assignments and training sessions with a laptop.
If you have a working laptop which is in good condition that you would be willing to donate for one of our clients, please can you let Lisa know by clicking the link here. Thank you!