The Digital Poverty Alliance (DPA) has launched Tech4Youth, an innovative initiative aimed at tackling digital exclusion among young people in Northwest Leicestershire.

The programme, launched in collaboration with Barratt Homes, aims to provide essential devices, connectivity, and digital literacy workshops to 90 young people aged 11 to 19.

Barratt Homes has not only provided funding for the Tech4Youth programme but has also committed a team of dedicated volunteers. These volunteers will offer hands-on support and guidance, equipping participants with the necessary skills to thrive in today’s increasingly digital world. Their involvement ensures that each young person receives personalised attention and mentorship, fostering a supportive environment for digital learning.

A recent report by Deloitte on Digital Poverty in the UK, produced in partnership with the DPA, highlighted that digital poverty affects approximately one in five children across the UK, with significant impacts on younger adults compared to middle-aged adults.

Elizabeth Anderson, CEO of the Digital Poverty Alliance, underscored the importance of Tech4Youth in empowering young people and bridging the digital divide at the launch event in Leicestershire.

“Tech4Youth marks a vital step in addressing digital poverty among young people in Northwest Leicestershire. By providing access to devices, connectivity, and crucial digital skills, we aim to empower the next generation and ensure no one is left behind in the digital era,” Anderson stated.

“We deeply appreciate the support from Barratt Homes and the dedication of their staff, who are volunteering their time to make this initiative a success. Together, we can significantly impact the lives of young people, opening new opportunities and pathways for their future.”

Andy Button-Stephens, Head of the Barratt Foundation, added, “The team at Barratt are proud to support the Digital Poverty Alliance in launching the Tech4Youth scheme to support young people in the local area. We are committed to supporting the next generation and volunteers from Barratt Developments PLC are excited to make a positive impact in the local community. Together, we can empower young people and bridge the digital divide.”