The Barratt Foundation and Digital Poverty Alliance launch Tech4Youth to bridge the digital divide in North West Leicestershire

Digital poverty impacts one in five children across the UK – the Digital Poverty Alliance (DPA) has launched Tech4Youth, a pioneering initiative aimed at addressing digital exclusion among young people in North West Leicestershire.

The scheme has been generously funded with a £20,000 donation from the Barratt Foundation and launched with employees at Barratt Developments PLC to provide essential devices, connectivity, and digital literacy workshops to 90 young people between the ages of 11 and 19.

Members of the Barratt IT team are using their volunteering days to support the Tech4Youth project, and offer small group and one-to-one support and guidance to equip participants with the necessary skills to keep up and thrive in today’s increasingly digital world.

The Digital Poverty in the UK report, in collaboration with the DPA, recently highlighted that digital poverty impacts an estimated one in five children across the UK, filtering up to impact more younger adults than middle-aged adults.

Elizabeth Anderson, CEO of the Digital Poverty Alliance, emphasised the significance of Tech4Youth in empowering young individuals and narrowing the digital gap at the launch event in Coalville. “Tech4Youth represents a crucial step towards addressing digital poverty among people in North West Leicestershire. By providing access to devices, connectivity, and essential digital skills, we aim to empower the next generation and ensure that no one is left behind in the digital age,” Anderson said.

“We are grateful for the support of the Barratt Foundation, and the dedication of Ade Brant, Group IT Director and the  whole of theBarratt IT team, who will be volunteering their time to make this initiative a success. We can make a tangible difference to the lives of young people, opening up new opportunities and pathways for their future.”

Andy Button-Stephens, Head of the Barratt Foundation, comments: “The team at Barratt are proud to support the Digital Poverty Alliance in launching the Tech4Youth scheme to support young people in the local area. We are committed to supporting the next generation and volunteers from Barratt Developments PLC are excited to make a positive impact in the local community. Together, we can empower young people and bridge the digital divide”.