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Aveley library and community hub, 6/10 February

Aveley library and community hub will be closed from 3:30pm on Monday 6 February and Friday 10 February. We apologise for any inconvenience. You can still order and renew library items online.

Free calls, texts and data for your mobile phone

Thurrock Libraries is a community partner of the Good Things Foundation: National Databank scheme, which provides free mobile phone data, texts and calls for people in need.

The following companies are supporting the scheme by providing free SIM cards – small plastic cards that slot into mobile phones.

Company Data allowance available How long
Three 24GB One-off
Virgin Media O2 15GB per month 6 months
Vodafone 20GB per month 6 months

You may be able to benefit from this scheme – also known as 'data gifting' – if:

  • you are at least 18 years-old
  • you are a Thurrock resident
  • you are receiving benefits or on low income
  • you can't afford your phone's monthly contract or top-up charges
  • you have limited or no access to the internet in the UK, either at home or when away from home
  • your mobile device is either 'unlocked' or compatible with a participating company's SIM card – contact your mobile service provider or ask our library staff if you're not sure

At present you can only sign-up for the scheme at Belhus library, Chadwell library, East Tilbury library, Grays library or Tilbury library, although we're working to offer the scheme at other libraries.

You can get a free SIM card by asking at any of the libraries listed above. You only need to:

  • read the National Databank terms and conditions below
  • bring your mobile device to one of the libraries above so the SIM card can be inserted
  • sign a short registration form at the library to confirm you've read the terms and conditions and you are eligible

SIM cards will be available from October 2022. You can sign-up for an initial 6 months, during which you'll receive a data allowance on a monthly basis. After this first 6 months you may be able to sign-up for a second 6-month period if the scheme hasn't changed.