What is data Poverty?
Data Poverty s when a person cannot afford sufficient internet access to meet essential everyday needs - it means not being abo to access jobs, banking, health appointments, and benefits.
The National Databank provides free mobile data, texts, and calls to people in need via the Good Things Foundation’s network of local community partners. As one of their partners, Romain Designs are in a position to offer free data for those in need of connectivity to the Internet.
Think of it like a ‘food bank’ but for internet connectivity data. Romain Designs is currently able to provide data to people in our community who need it.
The UK National Databank helps thousands of vulnerable people in communities across the UK to get connected. The databank has been built with support from Virgin Media O2 and with data donated by Virgin Media O2, Vodafone, and Three.
The people being supported by the UK National Databank are cut off from the basic daily activities most people in our country take for granted. They are cut off from contacting loved ones, from job interviews, finding essential health or other information online, and cut off from digitised public services. We believe that no one should be left behind. The UK National Databank brings free mobile internet data connectivity to people who can’t afford it and who are often also experiencing multiple inequalities in today’s society.
We want this to be just the start; working together to end data poverty for good.
How does it work?
Am I eligible to receive data through the program?
We are now rolling out the Free Databank more widely, enabling us to support more people experiencing data poverty.
Someone receiving data through the National Databank must:
Be 18+ years old
And being from a low-income household
And qualify in one or several of the following statements:
Has no access or insufficient access to the internet at home
And has no or inadequate access to the internet when away from the home
And cannot afford their existing monthly contract or top up
A person can have access to data for up to 12 months.
Do you live in Lambeth, Southwark, Croydon, or Merton