Disabled residents to receive ‘tea and teach’ visits from Barclays’ Digital Eagles

2 December 2015

Increasing digital inclusion to mark the UN’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 3 December.

Leonard Cheshire Disability is pleased to announce 10 of its care homes across the country are to receive hands-on support from Barclays Bank digital experts on 2 December and 3 December.

The empowering initiative, now in its second year, complements Leonard Cheshire Disability’s existing Discover IT scheme.

Discover IT has supported nearly 6,000 people develop their digital skills and interests over the last five years.

‘Tea and Teach’ sessions will be delivered by ‘Digital Eagles’ at:

27% of disabled people in the UK have never used the internet, according to the Office for National Statistics.

In the UK some 12% of the adult population have never been online and this increases to 61% for those over 75 years old.

Ellyn Duggan, Leonard Cheshire Disability's corporate development manager, said:

‘We are pleased to be able to provide everyone at these ten care homes with digital skills in a supported but informal environment.’

Steven Roberts, Strategic Transformation Director at Barclays, said:

‘At Barclays, we believe that technology has the potential to be a huge enabler and we are passionate about helping others get online.

‘It’s fantastic to once again be working with our partners Leonard Cheshire Disability at a number of their UK homes to celebrate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.’

Barclays have committed to support the implementation of the government’s digital inclusion strategy, which aims to reduce the number of people offline in the UK by 25% by 2016.

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Notes for editors

  1. Leonard Cheshire Disability is the UK’s largest voluntary sector provider of services for disabled people. Our services include high-quality care and community support together with innovative projects supporting disabled people into education, employment and entrepreneurship. Worldwide, our global alliance of Cheshire partners supports disabled people into education and employment, and works in more than 50 countries.
  2. Barclays is an international financial services provider engaged in personal, corporate and investment banking, credit cards and wealth management with an extensive presence in Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia. Barclays’ purpose is to help people achieve their ambitions — in the right way. With 325 years of history and expertise in banking, Barclays operates in over 50 countries and employs over 130,000 people. Barclays moves, lends, invests and protects money for customers and clients worldwide.