Digital Poverty Alliance and Barratt Homes launch Tech4Youth to bridge the digital divide in North West Leicestershire

The Digital Poverty Alliance (DPA) has launched Tech4Youth, a pioneering initiative aimed at addressing digital exclusion among young people in North West Leicestershire.

The scheme has been launched alongside the Barratt Foundation and Barratt Homes plc to provide essential devices, connectivity, and digital literacy workshops to 90 young people between the ages of 11 and 19.

Members of the IT team at Barratt Homes plc are using their volunteering days to support the Tech4Youth project, and offer small group and one-to-one support and guidance to equip participants with the necessary skills to keep up and thrive in today’s increasingly digital world. Barrett Homes Foundation has provided funding for the scheme.

Applications for the programme opened on May 30th and people can sign up here: Application Form – Tech4Youth (Page 1 of 3) (

Deloitte’s Digital Poverty in the UK report, in collaboration with the DPA, recently highlighted that digital poverty impacts an estimated one in five children across the UK, filtering up to impact more younger adults than middle-aged adults.

Elizabeth Anderson, CEO of the Digital Poverty Alliance, emphasised the significance of Tech4Youth in empowering young individuals and narrowing the digital gap at the launch event in Coalville.

“Tech4Youth represents a crucial step towards addressing digital poverty among people in North West Leicestershire. By providing access to devices, connectivity, and essential digital skills, we aim to empower the next generation and ensure that no one is left behind in the digital age,” Anderson said.

“We are grateful for the support of Barratt Homes Foundation, and the dedication of the staff who will be volunteering their time to make this initiative a success. We can make a tangible difference to the lives of young people, opening up new opportunities and pathways for their future.”

Andy Button-Stephens, Head of Barratt Foundation comments: “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”.

For more information about the Tech4Youth scheme, please visit: Tech4Youth (

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