// Dixons Carphone partners with Age UK to help vulnerable older people tackle loneliness amid Covid-19
// The retailer is supplying 500 free tablets to vulnerable older people stuck in isolation
Dixons Carphone has joined forces with Age UK to help vulnerable older people tackle loneliness during the coronavirus pandemic.
The technology retailer has provided 500 free tablets with internet connectivity and a dedicated technology support phone line to help hundreds of vulnerable older people from feeling isolated.
The aim is to help older people get online by using the latest tablet technology to connect with friends and family, access important guidance on staying safe and keep up to date with current news.
“Covid-19 is a threat to everyone, but especially to older people, to their mental as well as physical health,” Dixons Carphone chief executive Alex Baldock said.
“Many are anxious about being isolated, and we can help. Technology connects friends and family, as well as keeping older people entertained, productive and healthy.”
Those who do not currently have access to the internet will now get connected using the new, fully charged and ready-to-use tablets with mobile network connectivity and pre-loaded with news and NHS apps.
The tablets, which are lightweight and allow enlargement of text for those who are visually impaired, will be delivered direct to the older person’s home while observing strict social distancing guidelines.