Nominet grant helps digital access charity Compaid with £10,000 boost
The Tonbridge-based design agency, Mantra, has successfully raised £10,000 for Compaid, a digital skills charity, from the UK domain registry, Nominet. As a longstanding member of Nominet, Mantra qualified to nominate a local charity for a grant as part of their Members’ Givehub programme. The funding, which forms part of Nominet’s wide-ranging impact programme, is aimed at improving the lives of one million young people each year through technology. The £10,000 contribution will be used towards covering the expenses of running Compaid’s training centre.
Compaid helps disabled, older and other vulnerable people overcome social, digital and economic exclusion barriers. Digital skills are essential for everything we do; it’s how we communicate, how we consume our news, how we shop and how we entertain ourselves. Disabled and disadvantaged people continue to fall behind the general population in terms of digital access, skills and confidence.
Compaid has worked to address this digital divide for many years and offers its skills training services to wider communities across West Kent. Its expanded training team will support excluded individuals to gain confidence, skills and experience at their own pace, gaining critical digital and financial skills.
“Without the skills and confidence to engage in this digital world, disabled and vulnerable people will be even further disadvantaged and marginalised than they are already. We’re very grateful to Mantra for supporting us, and to Nominet for their generous grant, which will enable us to help even more vulnerable people in our community to get online, realise their dreams and aspirations by gaining skills and confidence to benefit from the opportunities the internet offers.” Diane Bradley, Fundraising Manager, Compaid.
“I am thrilled that Compaid’s application for a £10,000 grant from Nominet’s GiveHub was successful. The funding will really benefit the fantastic work and services they provide in the community.” – Greg Findley, Mantra Design.