If you’re living with mental illness, or caring for someone who is, having access to help whenever you need it is critical. Unfortunately for Tom, without a landline and with little money, he had trouble contacting someone for help when faced with domestic violence situations caused by his parents’ mental illness.  Telstra’s Access for Everyone program recently launched a service to help people like Tom call for help, by supplying them with free $20 Telstra Pre-Paid mobile recharge cards, via community agencies. This helps ensure Tom can call family, police, mental health services and support workers whenever he needs them.

At Telstra, we want everyone to enjoy the everyday benefits that modern communication technologies can bring – regardless of age, income, ability, location or disadvantage.

Our Access for Everyone Pre-Paid recharge card program is one of the five programs in our Everyone Connected strategy that Telstra has been nominated for in the ‘community contribution’ category of the communication industry’s ACOMM awards, which are a collaboration between Comms Alliance and Comms Day.

Each of the programs in Telstra’s nomination have a unique way to help some of society’s most vulnerable people use technology to connect with the support and services they need.

Along with the Access for Everyone initiative, Telstra’s other programs being recognised are:

  1. Tech Savvy Seniors program bringing free or low cost technology training to NSW seniors in community colleges and libraries, in partnership with the NSW Government.
  2. Digital literacy training and access to equipment such as iPads, tablets and Braille devices for deafblind Australians through a partnership with Able Australia (a non-profit organisation that provides services to people with multiple disabilities).
  3. One hundred $10,000 grants to community groups throughout Australia to improve digital inclusion through access to technology, digital literacy and cyber safety initiatives.
  4. The eSmart libraries Community cyber safety programs, an $8 million six year investment from the Telstra Foundation in partnership with the Alannah and Madeline Foundation delivering cyber safety programs via public libraries.

We’re proud to be recognised for this community contribution in the ACOMMs awards, and proud to be using our capabilities, assets and national presence to support those Australians and communities most in need.

ACOMMS awards will be announced Thursday July 18. For more information visit the ACOMMS website.