Tesco store donates second hand mobiles to centre to help vulnerable people

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Support - Mr Cauchi with some of the store staff
Support - Mr Cauchi with some of the store staff

A supermarket is working with a community project in Southend to support vulnerable people in the city.

The Tesco store in Prince Avenue is responding to the needs of vulnerable people by reusing phones that will give access to services and reduce their costs which reduces their outgoings.

The charitable initiative has enabled Tesco to collect second hand phones at their store.

They then restore the factory settings and donate to St Vincent’s, a community hub which provides advice and support to vulnerable people..

Daniel Cauchi, manager of St Vincent’s Centre, said: “This has really supported people as they can access banking and other services that are now accessible on a phone.

"This has been a big gap in supporting people but through the support of Tesco we are able to fill this gap and ensure people can get on with their life.

“Digital poverty is definitely visible in our community and this has been one opportunity to help tackle it.

"This is a great partnership work making a real difference to our city.”