However, a significant proportion of the global population is digitally excluded because they lack internet access and/or have low levels of digital literacy.
Recently the Pandemic and lockdown periods have accentuated this difference even more, increasing existing digital inequalities and their impacts within certain sectors of our society.
With this in mind, the Mears Foundation provided a grant to Mears' asylum team to fund a project to help with digital poverty.
Due to start this month, the ‘Football Unites, Racism Divides Digital Inclusion Project’ based in Sheffield, will be part of the belonging together project FURD run for refugees and asylum seekers.
This project has two main aims: firstly, to broaden the current range of opportunities, activities and support that we are offering to refugees and asylum-seekers from across Sheffield, (aged 16-51) and South Yorkshire and secondly, the wish to create opportunities for them to engage with the wider community to ease their isolation.
FURD has two employment coaches who will offer employability and educational support to people who are furthest away from the labour market and those that are disadvantaged.
They will be providing one-to-one holistic support with a view to supporting them towards developing their skills and into employment. Spread over 10 structured IT sessions, the coaches will support with CV writing, computer skills in Microsoft and basic skills, and with improved access to the internet.
To find out more about The Mears Foundation and the work we do to support these organisations, click here