New sponsor for 'DigiAsk'

Churches of Christ is delighted to welcome Sunshine Coast based electricity retailer, Locality Planning Energy (LPE) as a new sponsor of its DigiAsk outreach service.

LPE’s sponsorship of $10,000 to help support the ongoing operation of DigiAsk, will continue to provide digital assistance to people who are experiencing homelessness or who are at risk of homelessness.

Churches of Christ Housing Services General Manager Frances Paterson-Fleider said the financial support had come at a notable time in recognition of Homelessness Week.

“Our DigiAsk outreach service is one of the ways that we are supporting individuals find pathways out of homelessness. 

“We recognise how the lack of technological ‘connectedness’ impedes an individual’s ability to establish and maintain support systems, and to find a route out of homelessness and into a home, and from there into employment or education. 

“When already marginalised, an individual’s ability to establish and maintain support systems for housing is very difficult and the process can take much longer,” Frances said.

With ongoing community support and funding from both the Department of Housing and Public Works along with local businesses such as LPE, the ‘DigiVan’ (Housing Services’ mobile office) is able to help connect people with essential support services.

Commencing in January 2018, DigiAsk has supported almost 500 patrons with digital advice and access to the internet. The service has also distributed reconditioned smart phones, sim cards and phone battery chargers.
“Access to digital technology is part of our everyday lives, and something that many of us take for granted. As we move to an online world, ‘digital exclusion’ is the reality for the most vulnerable in our society. DigiAsk is working to change that,” Frances said.

The service also provides one-on-one help to Churches of Christ Housing Services’ residents to access online services including banking, bill payments and contact Centrelink.

DigiAsk offers a weekly service in Brisbane CBD’s Roma Street on Monday evenings and Ipswich’s Queens Park on Wednesday evenings.

Posted August 15, 2019 in News