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Are you a disabled person who needs help getting online?

The Plymouth Area Disability Action Network (PADAN) has been given funding to buy some tablets and provide 1 to 1 support from an IT worker.

PADAN has successfully applied for funding from the Disabled People’s Organisations COVID-19 Emergency Fund to purchase a limited number of tablets with internet access to loan to disabled people who want to try it with some home-based help.

Getting online means borrowers can join in with PADAN meetings, which have been virtual during the pandemic.

However, use of the tablet also means users will be able to do other things online like shopping, banking, paying bills and connecting with friends and family.

Dawn Clarke, of PADAN, said: “We know that lots of disabled people have been isolated this year especially during periods of lockdown or when shielding. Not everyone has access to the internet or computer equipment. Lots of people may have some access but the equipment is out of date or they are not sure how to get the best out of it.

“The funding includes support to set up and use the tablets until 30 June. This will be provided by a support worker who can help at home, in a community venue or by phone to use the tablet and ensure it meets disability access needs.

“Covid-19 safety precautions will be observed at all times. We would also ensure that when you use the tablet personal information is safe.”

You’ll need to be a member of PADAN to apply for this scheme, but membership is free.

To find out more, contact Dawn at PADAN by emailing padanplymouth@gmail.com or calling 07534 391916.