We have nearly 300 iPads available for organisations to borrow to discover new ways of working to bridge the gap between those offline and those online.
We know that helping non-users and limited users to become digitally included will bring wider social benefits: helping them to be better informed, more confident using online tools, and feeling more independent and less isolated.
The three main barriers to digital inclusion have been identified as cost of equipment, lack of motivation, and a lack of skills and confidence. Our tablet lending scheme supports organisations to give people internet access, helping them to understand the positive changes that can be made to their lives through being online.
What you need to know:
Free to borrow, with free data.
The iPads are all 4G enabled so you can use the internet without needing access to WiFi. We’ve already paid for the data so there is no cost to your organisation or your service users.
Borrow them for a month or longer.
The standard loan period is one month but they can be borrowed for longer if your project calls for it. There’s space in the application form to let us know how your organisation would like to use the iPads, and for how long.
Different people benefit from different approaches.
We’re want everyone to be confident with digital, and to understand the benefits of being online. We understand that people have different motivations for starting their journey with digital, and some are easier to convince than others.
You know the people you work with, and whatever they’re using the iPads for, your digitally excluded service users will pick up digital skills and confidence. We welcome applications to use our tablets for projects that work with digitally excluded people to help combat loneliness, improve health and wellbeing, encourage creativity, or other innovative approaches towards digital inclusion.
If you want to use the iPads to run basic IT sessions, that’s great too. There are lots of useful apps already installed, including Learn My Way, which offers free courses on using a computer, browsing the web, sending an email and finding work online.
We can support you.
We can help your organisation, staff, and volunteers become more digitally confident too. If you need help using the tech, Learn My Way has a range of tutorials on how to make the most of the iPad.
We can deliver training to your staff and volunteers on how to use the iPads, and how to work as Digital Champions within your organisation. Their role could be to support their colleagues to digitally up-skill as well as helping service users.
If you’re not sure where to start, contact us and one of our Digital Inclusion Coordinators will get in touch to talk you through the project and help you think through any ideas.
Your information is safe with us.
The iPads are completely free of any previous data when handed to your organisation, so it’s just like taking them straight out of the box. When the iPads is returned, all data is erased and the device is reset to protect users’ information.
Each device has a registered serial number which we can trace, so in the event of loss or theft, we can remotely wipe the iPad to protect users’ information.
iPads are designed and built to only accept and install software that has been approved by Apple and run through the App Store, so there is no need to worry about computer viruses.
Join the movement:
Complete the Tablet Lending Application Form and one of the 100% Digital Leeds team will be in touch within 10 working days. This is an initiative aimed at supporting not-for-profit organisations who work with adults.
Find out how other organisations have used tablets with their service users by taking a look at some of our case studies.
All the paperwork you need is available to download here.