This week, Bytes has launched the Belfast Tech Shed initiative, which looks to provide access to technology to families and young people in need.
Working with Belfast City Council, Business in the Community NI & Allstate NI, we are providing over a hundred tablets, along with support and a programme of digital engagement, to family support hubs in the Belfast area.
The issue of a lack of access and ‘tech poverty’ is something that Bytes often comes across during our work with young people. In recent months, as school & college education has moved online due to Covid-19, it is also an issue that has been increasingly mentioned in conversations around how young people are supported. For those with limited, or no access to mobile technology and the internet, digital learning resources are difficult to utilise at best. https://platform.twitter.com/embed/Tweet.html?creatorScreenName=bytesproject&dnt=false&embedId=twitter-widget-0&features=eyJ0ZndfZXhwZXJpbWVudHNfY29va2llX2V4cGlyYXRpb24iOnsiYnVja2V0IjoxMjA5NjAwLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfSwidGZ3X2hvcml6b25fdHdlZXRfZW1iZWRfOTU1NSI6eyJidWNrZXQiOiJodGUiLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfSwidGZ3X3NwYWNlX2NhcmQiOnsiYnVja2V0Ijoib2ZmIiwidmVyc2lvbiI6bnVsbH19&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1280832785746362368&lang=en&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.bytes.org%2Fnews%2Flaunching-the-belfast-tech-shed&sessionId=0139b3a24c522ed23e3322083f6b0b9b186d76d3&siteScreenName=bytesproject&theme=light&widgetsVersion=f001879%3A1634581029404&width=550px
The Tech Shed initiative aims to alleviate this issue by providing free, easy to use technology to young people via Belfast’s family support hubs. We have worked with Belfast City Council, Allstate and Business in the Community in order to set up the scheme, but young people will be free to use the tablets provided as and when they need.
This week has seen family support hubs take delivery of their tablets and they will be provided to young people, as identified by each hub, in the coming days.
‘At Bytes we often encounter the issue of ‘tech poverty’, so we’re really excited about the launch of the Belfast Tech Shed this week. Hopefully we’ll be able to help young people better access online educational resources and provide them with support and training if needed’ – Sarah Geddis, Project Manager
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