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Free connectivity this Christmas for those in need

Man pictured with quote "Every little bit of data helps to keep me well and feel more connected with the outside world"

Salford City Council is helping to keep residents connected online this Christmas. We’re working with the National Databank which is like a foodbank but for free mobile data, texts and calls to those in data poverty.

Founded by Virgin Media 02 and digital inclusion charity, Good Things Foundation, it’s a response to the importance of having sufficient data. Without this, people may be cut off from basic daily activities most of us take for granted such as job interviews, contacting loved ones and essential public services including healthcare.

Virgin Media O2 aims to connect one million digitally excluded people by the end of 2025.

To be eligible for free data from the National Databank, you must be: 

  • aged 18 or over
  • from a low-income household 

or meet one or more of these categories: 

  • not have access or insufficient access to the internet at home
    and/or
  • no or insufficient access to the internet when away from the home 
    and/or
  • can’t afford your existing monthly contract or top up 

So, if you would like to benefit from this support (or know somebody else who would), just call into your local Gateway centre/Hub and ask at reception to get this support.  Located across Salford in Broughton, Walkden, Swinton, Eccles and Pendleton they are open late every weekday - Monday to Thursday 8am to 10pm, Friday 8am to 6.30pm and Saturday 9am to 1pm.

Our gateways are the ideal place to find out about how other help and support you may be entitled to. Alternatively, please contact our Spirit of Salford Helpline on 0800 952 1000 or Express an interest here 

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