The Connecting Tulse Hill campaign was launched by a coalition of the three Tulse Hill Councillors, south London based employment/training-focused social enterprise Tree Shepherd, local charity High Trees Community Development Trust and Jubilee Primary School in April. We came together to raise funds to buy computer equipment and provide internet access to those who don’t have it in our area and in the last two weeks over £10,000 has been raised towards our target of £20,000. You can watch the BBC News coverage of the campaign (including an interview with Mary) here.
So far 63 tablets/laptops, dongles have been delivered through our local schools and partner organisations including High Trees, Jubilee School and the St Matthews football project. But as you can imagine, demand is high – especially as some community groups report as many as 1 in 6 local residents struggle to stay digitally connected compared to the 1 in 10 average for London.
As you will know schools are setting work for pupils at home to do online, people are being asked to continue working at home and there has been a shift towards online shopping since shops were closed back in March. Unfortunately too many households simply do not have the data access or enough equipment to do this.
If you haven’t already thought about donating to this campaign, we would like to ask you click here to read more and click here to donate. This fundraising and the equipment/internet access we provide is only a short term solution though – and we will be raising the issues of digital inclusion at the next Lambeth Council meeting.
No donation is too small and we would be grateful if you could share this campaign with anyone else you know who may be interested in helping our local community.