Social Inclusion Through Technology


We are very pleased to announce our recent partnership with the Hartlepool Independent Living Centre in association with the Hartlepool Borough Council. The centre is home to various voluntary and community sector organisations offering advice, information, advocacy and practical help from those living with a disability.

Throughout 2017 the Hartlepool store, loacted in the Middleton Grange Shopping Centre, will be working closely on Project 65 in the aim to break social isolation through the use of technology. Individuals over the age of 65 are entitled to loan a tablet through the project enabling them to run daily tasks with ease.

Ricochet aims to do the same however applies to anyone aged 18 and over with either a learning or physical disability, a long term condition or on the Autistic Spectrum.

Research suggested that the lack of internet was one of the main barriers faced, so we will be providing the Independent Living Centre with WiFi hotspots which will be loaned out with the tablets, enabling project participants to access the internet from the comfort of their home.

A designated project representative has been appointed within the Hartlepool store and will provide one-on-one appointments with people taking part in Project 65 or Ricochet, helping participants set up on the loaned tablets.

Alongside this, our team will be running regular tech workshops throughout 2017 across the city, giving people the opportunity to learn how to navigate their devices and learn new, practical skills.

For more information on either projects, or to refer someone, please contact the Independent Living Centre.