Digital Freedom

Selnet and the Lancashire Skills Hub secured funding from the Community Foundation for Lancashire, to provide digital devices and connectivity to disadvantaged over 50s in Lancashire, Blackpool and Blackburn with Darwen.

Applications for support through Digital Freedom 50+ are completed by approved Distribution Partners, on individual beneficiaries’ behalf. The funding for this project has secured a limited number of devices for residents in every district in the County, ensuring the 14 Lancashire districts are equally resourced.

At the end of 2020 the project team had allocated 484 devices for older people who had been digitally excluded, helping connect them with people and services during lockdowns.


Working in partnership

Applications for organisations to become Distribution Partners are now closed, and applications are active .

Over 40 organisations working with local residents have expressed an interest in becoming Distribution Partners, to apply for digital devices and connectivity on behalf of disadvantaged over 50s.  As the funding is limited, we can only support a limited number of applications and therefore the project is making awards based on eligibility and clearly evidenced need, on a first come, first served basis.

For information about this project please send your enquiry to

Find out more about Lancashire’s Digital Skills Partnership and support available through Lancashire Libraries.

Lancashire Digital Skills Partnership was announced as the Winner of the Digital Leaders 100 Award in 2020.


Case Study

Click here to read feedback from a mature man whose life was transformed when he received a device and support from project partners




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