Free tablet scheme launches for Cardiff residents on a low income


Cardiff Council's Advice service are launching a Tablet Gifting Scheme to offer free tablet devices with internet access to individuals who do not have a device or internet connection at home.

Each tablet will come loaded with a range of relevant apps and shortcuts to ensure that they can make the most of each device. 

There are also a range of digital activities and support services on hand to explore, including online Adult Learning courses and training, Digital Job Club with Into Work Services and a host of health and wellbeing activities hosted by the Hubs and Libraries service. 

These devices are only available to residents of Cardiff who fit the below criteria:

Those who do not have access to a digital device or broadband at home AND

Their health and wellbeing is suffering as they feel isolated OR

They want to access training or look for work online AND

They are in receipt of benefits or on a low income

Cabinet Member for Education, Employment and Skills, Cllr Sarah Merry, said: "Having access to the internet can be a lifeline during these uncertain times. There is so much online support and advice on offer to help find employment, get advice if they are experiencing financial hardships or those who want to keep busy and take part in activities online. 

"At a time when more people are staying at home, the scheme aims to help people stay connected with services they need, as well as maintaining social connections to support their wellbeing." 

To apply for a tablet, eligible Cardiff residents should contact the Adviceline on 029 2087 1071. Advisors can help individuals access a device that they can use at home for free. Applications are subject to eligibility and unfortunately due to a fixed number of devices, no guarantee on receipt of device is provided.