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Freebridge Community Housing is to make free loans of computer tablets to help keep tenants in touch with family and friends.

The social housing provider, which manages about 7,000 homes in West Norfolk, will deliver and collect the pre-booked tablets and offer guidance on making video calls.

Freebridge says many tenants are still self-isolating and this project can keep them connected with their loved ones. It’s aimed at people within sheltered housing schemes but is also available to those in general properties without access to technology.

Freebridge community Housing is to loan computer tablets to its tenants free of charge (43337727)
Freebridge community Housing is to loan computer tablets to its tenants free of charge (43337727)

Sophie Bates, Freebridge’s director of housing, said: “It’s been a difficult year for all of us, and not being able to see friends and family has been particularly tough for some of our older and more vulnerable tenants who may not have had access to the technology that a lot of other people are using to keep in touch.

“Reducing social isolation is one of our key aims this winter because we know how important it is for everyone’s mental health. We know that a lot of us value contact with our friends and family above all else, and hope that this goes some way to keep people connected with those that matter most.”

The project will start next week and is only available midweek during working hours. To book a time slot, call the tenancy support team on 03332 404444.

It’s part of a wider programme of activities that Freebridge have announced to help and support tenants, and the wider community, throughout the winter months.

Other activities include:

  • making regular welfare telephone calls to tenants over the age of 60, including daily calls, and some home visits, to our more vulnerable tenants
  • providing additional financial and welfare support
  • providing additional advice and guidance to people who have become unemployed as a result of the knock-on effects of coronavirus (having taken on a number of additional employees to help do this)
  • helping urgent temporary accommodation requests from partner organisations
  • identifying suitable empty properties for use as isolation units
  • providing support to partner organisations in respect of the supply of food parcels for those in need
  • a programme of activities for young people to keep them active and entertained.

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