Nokia’s parent company HMD Global has partnered with CCNB to provide new smartphones to community members who are at risk of social isolation and loneliness.
CCNB is a not-for-profit organisation that helps the elderly and those living with disabilities with access to support networks, advice, and information to navigate health and social welfare systems.
Despite travel restrictions beginning to lift, some Australians are unable to begin socialising again for various reasons. To combat this, HMD Global has donated 50 Nokia 5.1 Plus phone to help those people reconnect through various platforms.
One recipient of a new Nokia is Susan, a 63-year-old who lives on her own with her pet cat. Susan has suffered from health issues over the years and uses a wheelchair to leave her house. The Nokia 5.1 Plus is Susan’s first ever smartphone.
“This phone will be handy to have to keep in touch with people,” said Susan. “When I know how to use it, I can hopefully speak with my younger brother a bit more regularly.”
With coronavirus countermeasures still in place, the new smartphone will also allow Susan to participate in online meetings with CCNB staff to support her health and wellbeing.
HMD Global is also offering support to recipients of the phones with regards to initial setup and training on key features.
“I’m very appreciative of the new phone, but I have no idea how to use it as I’ve never had a smartphone before,” said Susan. “I didn’t grow up with technology so I really appreciate the help. I’d like to put a picture of my cat as the screensaver as a first priority.”