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  • Writer's pictureKenneth Gibson MSP

Supporting Households Facing Digital Exclusion

Virgin Money and Good Things Foundation team up to support households facing digital exclusion

Last Thursday, I attended a Virgin Money event at the Scottish Parliament, which included the UK’s leading digital inclusion charity, Good Things Foundation, who have launched the expansion of The National Databank programme.

I spoke to James Peirson, General Counsel & Purpose Officer at Virgin Media about the work they are doing to help people access the support they need to put an end to digital exclusion – not just in Cunninghame North but across Scotland.

The National Databank works like a foodbank, but provides free mobile data, texts and calls for people in need.

Through the National Databank, which was founded by Good Things Foundation and Virgin Media O2, digitally excluded people (anyone that doesn’t have regular access to the internet) can visit their nearest Virgin Money store and pick up an O2 sim card loaded with 20GB of free data – enough for around 220 hours of internet browsing per month.

The free data allowance renews every month for six months.

More information about the scheme can be found here:


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