Useful Resources

Grants for computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones and internet connection

The Act Foundation provides grants with the aim of enhancing the quality of life for people in need who have a physical or mental disability or the aged. Specialist IT equipment and software can be funded by grants of up to £2500. Call 01753 753900.

Older people – Friends of the Elderly grant criteria include Digital Connection grants to help older people get online and stay connected. They can be used towards the cost of equipment such as tablets and smartphones as well as broadband costs.

Disabled people – RNIB offer means-tested grants to registered blind or partially sighted people for useful technology that can help them live independently e.g. mobile phones or accessibility software.

Turn2us is a site where you can search for charitable trusts that might give a grant towards equipment or internet costs. East Sussex Credit Union is an option for savings / loans for equipment.

Borrowing or buying equipment

Get Online at Home is one of the organisations that sell refurbished laptops and PCs to people on benefits. It also serves charities, as does Computers for Charities. There are also lots of retailers for easy-use and assistive technology – for example Hands Free ComputingTech Silver.

The Resource Centre has equipment like laptops, data projectors, video recorders and digital cameras available to hire to community groups for events. It also has computers, useful software like Photoshop and InDesign, a scanner and print room.

Leonard Cheshire Discover IT @ Home scheme periodically has refurbished PCs and laptops to donate to disabled people aged 18+. Contact 020 7112 1489 or email

IT support for disabled people

FREE computer support at home for disabled people and older people living with frailty is offered by:

  • AbilityNet – ITCanHelp 0800 269 545
  • RNIB – Online Today (for people with sensory loss) 03031 239999
  • Age UK (for older people) 01273 720603

The Aidis Trust supports disabled people with technology advice. Helpline: 0808 800 0009

Cyber Safety

Internet Safety advice is at Cyber Aware , Get Safe Online and the UK Safer Internet Centre. has advice on choosing a secure mobile here. Safer Jobs provides advice on online recruitment scams.

Online learning for computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones

Everyone: FREE online learning packages are easily available! They include BBC WebwiseAlison (e.g. a touch typing tutorial); Microsoft Digital Literacy (basic skills) Barclays Digital Driving Licence; Learn my Way; FutureLearn (for more advanced courses); GCF Learn Free (for social media and other topics such as Microsoft Word); Google’s Digital Garage and BT.

Small businesses: Visit Britain‘s Online Marketing Toolkit – covers bookings, advertising, social media, building your website and maximising SEO. Great Business‘s “Do More Online” has step-by-step advice including how to start an online shop. For Office products like Word, Excel and Outlook, try Microsoft Help & Training.

Charities: The Charity Digital Toolkit includes a chapter on digital fundraising.

Careers: National Careers Service – lots of useful online tools

Accessibility guidance for disabled people

  • – a wide range of factsheets
  • RNIB Online Today resources
  • Ask Alex on Free Phone 0800 269 545.
  • Microsoft helpdesk Free Phone 0800 026 0584 (9 am – 9 pm weekdays; 10 am – 6 pm weekends).

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