Video calling tablets helping the isolated stay in touch

The pandemic has meant that some of our most vulnerable in society have been unable to see their family and friends. 

This is changing, with thanks to technology and video calling devices being provided by Facebook to care homes, hospices and hospitals. These devices will enable social interaction for those most isolated at this time. 

What a great initiative – helping society stay connected during these unprecedented times. We must stay positive and celebrate the wins where we can. 

People most at risk of the coronavirus will get free access to 2,050 Facebook’s Portal video-calling devices being sent to care homes, hospitals and hospices. It will also be offered to in-patient learning disability and autism units.

The Facebook Portal device is a smart display. It enables people to make video calls to friends and family via Facebook Messenger’s built-in video calling service, but the Facebook Portal also has Alexa functionality.

Fifty of the tablets have already been delivered to pilot settings in Surrey with other areas including Manchester, Newcastle, Essex and London expected to benefit.