£600,000 Shop Direct partnership to help homelessness charities improve access to digital tools and employment

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£600,000 Shop Direct partnership to help homelessness charities improve access to digital tools and employment
The Booth Centre and The Whitechapel Centre, two homelessness charities form the North West of England, were unveiled as Shop Direct’s new charity partners at a dinner at the etailer’s Liverpool headquarters last week.
Shop Direct will raise £600,000 over the next two years through colleague activities and events, as well as providing industry-leading knowledge and insight to help The Booth Centre and The Whitechapel Centre introduce new technology-enabled solutions to support the homeless and their families, as well as those at risk of homelessness.
Shop Direct’s biggest ever charity partnership will help the organisations introduce internet cafés within five homeless centres across the North West, where dedicated coordinators will deliver training and homework sessions to improve IT literacy.
In addition, a web-based online advice and support service will be established in Merseyside to help prevent homelessness amongst young people, buoyed by new technology to deliver more timely and relevant support at the point of contact.
Finally, the money raised by the partnership will help to fund a schools awareness programme to educate young people in the community about homelessness and poverty, to break the cycle of deprivation, and reduce the risk of homelessness for future generations.

£600,000 Shop Direct partnership to help homelessness charities improve access to digital tools and employment

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