Scope and Virgin Media announce £1m technology partnership

30 Jul 2015 News

Disability charity Scope has announced a £1m partnership with broadband provider Virgin Media to use digital technology in new ways.

Kim Lawther, assistive technologist, with a student from Craig y Parc school in Cardiff

Disability charity Scope has announced a £1m partnership with broadband provider Virgin Media to use digital technology in new ways.

The two organisations have been working together since 2013 and have raised more than £550,000 to support Scope’s services.

The £1m is a corporate donation from Virgin Media in two equal tranches, this year and next.

Scope will engage with Virgin Media's 13,600 employees and customers over the next two years Virgin Media to support projects that use digital technology to break down barriers for disabled people and change attitudes to disability.

It will focus on three key areas: providing disabled people with technology to help them be more independent, connecting families of disabled children to others, and supporting Scope’s End the Awkward campaign to help people become more comfortable around disability.

Tamsin Baxter, head of philanthropy and corporate partnerships at Scope, said: “For the 11 million disabled people in the UK, technology can be transformational; providing a voice, enabling people to live independently and unlocking access to education and work.

“Everyone at Scope is hugely excited about this two-year partnership with Virgin Media and its potential to transform the lives of thousands of disabled people.”

Scope has also partnered with Channel 4 on a series of short films to support its End the Awkward campaign, which will be available on the broadcasters on demand service All4 from next week.

  • Civil Society Media's Charity Technology Conference takes place on 19 November and will include a number of case studies that showcase how charities are using technology to improve their service. The full programme is available here. 

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