Harlow’s United in Kind coach Sarah has been finding out how Rainbow Services helped people connect during the pandemic and beyond. It was during the pandemic that Rainbow Services decided they wanted to help people connect with others using tech, in order to reduce loneliness and social isolation during lockdown. The Rainbow Tech Library Project went live in November 2020. It was initially started with funding from The National Lottery Community Fund and then further funding was received from Provide, Essex County Council and Essex Community Foundation.
The aim was to help people of all ages make contact with the outside world, by leading members of the community tech equipment (such as tablets and Wifi boxes) to help them feel like they were not alone. There were also able to access tech support on the telephone with a Digital Buddy. The Project has been successful and will continue post Covid. We would like to say a big thank you to Tesco Mobile Every Little Helps, who kindly donated 50 preloaded WIFI Sim cards, for the Tech Project. Which means our tablets can be used anywhere.