Trust Leeds is proud to have launched its own tablet lending scheme. Ten Samsung Galaxy tablets have been fitted with data SIMS and lent out to members, including to members of our new Be Your Own Boss SRG. So far they are proving to be a success, allowing digitally excluded members to join in with Zoom calls, be a part of the Be Your Own Boss WhatsApp group, and complete their weekly business planning assignments. A huge thank you to Amy Hearn at 100% Digital Leeds for her help in setting up our scheme; to Jas at Curry’s PC World who was hugely patient and fast at getting the right tablets to us; and in particular to a constellation of funders whose grants meant that we could tackle digital exclusion in this way: Leeds Community Foundation’s Strategic Grants programme; Leeds City Council’s Language Hub scheme; and 100% Digital Leeds.
Staff team and SRG members are also Digital Champions – trained to spot and understand worries and anxieties regarding using IT, and helping and signposting so our members and potential members can build their confidence and skills online.