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NTT DATA UK & University Hospitals of Leicester donate IT equipment to support upskilling homeless community

 

NTT DATA UK is proud to have teamed up with University Hospitals of Leicester (UHL) NHS Trust – as its service provider – to donate IT equipment to Leicester-based homeless charity, The Bridge. As part of a reprovisioning scheme, eight laptops and two iPads have already been donated to the charity, with NTT DATA handling the licencing, configuration and deployment of these devices.

The donation will help the charity deliver its Skills Day, an opportunity for Leicester’s homeless community to attend skill-based learning events such as ESOL (English for speakers of other languages), CV writing and interview techniques. The new equipment will mean that more service users have access to the technology they need to succeed.

The donation builds upon NTT DATA UK’s efforts to encourage a wider, more diverse group of people to explore careers in technology as part of its Do Diversity initiative. Recently, NTT DATA UK announced its partnership with social enterprise route2work to equip women interested in exploring a career in technology with the skills needed to do so.

Gavin Bee, Client Director for Healthcare at NTT DATA UK, commented: “It’s fantastic to be able to support our partners at UHL with their donation to The Bridge. At NTT DATA, we believe everyone should have access to the services and equipment they need in order to get the most out of training and education. By helping to ensure the equipment is configured and suited for their needs, the charity will be able to get good use out of the equipment donated and ensure it can help as many people as possible.”

Andy Carruthers, Chief Information Officer at Leicester’s Hospitals, said: “As a local hospital, it’s important that we not only try to improve the lives of our patients but also others across the city where we can and I’m pleased we have been able to support The Bridge Homeless to Hope charity recently.

“We were able to donate several decommissioned laptops and iPads which despite no longer being suitable for use in our hospitals still had some life in them for other uses. I hope this small one-off gesture from Leicester’s Hospitals can help improve the lives of the homeless community in the city.”

David Fawcett, Executive Operations Manager at The Bridge said: “We’re so grateful to UHL for the donation of the laptops and iPads. Lack of access to this kind of technology is one of the many barriers that the homeless community faces when trying to improve their situation.

“The donations will be of huge benefit to our service users and will hopefully help them to access training and employment.”

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