Dixons Carphone donates tablets to isolated elderly
Written by Peter Walker
Dixons Carphone has partnered with Age UK to help vulnerable older people tackle loneliness during the Coronavirus crisis.
The technology retailer has provided 500 free tablets with internet connectivity and a dedicated technology support phone line to help older people connect with friends and family, access guidance on staying safe and keep up to date with current news.
Dixons Carphone chief executive Alex Baldock explained: “Many are anxious about being isolated, and we can help - technology connects friends and family, as well as keeping older people entertained, productive and healthy.”
Those who do not currently have access to the internet will now get connected using the ready-to-use tablets with mobile network connectivity, pre-loaded with news and NHS apps.
The tablets, which are lightweight and allow enlargement of text for those who are visually impaired, will be delivered direct to the older person’s home while observing social distancing guidelines.