Businesses, organisations and individuals have pledged to donate unused computers. These will be given to Warrington’s disadvantaged young people, free of charge, enabling them to do the schoolwork they couldn’t do without a computer.
We believe that all children should have access to the equipment and technology they need to succeed in their education.
By bringing together a group of like-minded organisations, each providing unique expertise at different stages of the process, we are able to provide an end-to-end solution that supports in closing the digital divide.
We invite businesses and individuals to donate used digital devices for repurposing and then distribute these devices to children from disadvantaged backgrounds, giving them the opportunity to learn remotely.
Young people in Warrington are falling further behind with their education because they cannot access the internet at home. We need your help to close this digital divide by donating unused devices to our Laptops for Kids campaign.
We want to ensure that every child gets safe access to the internet so they can fulfil their educational potential. In a time of national crisis, the public and private sectors in Warrington have come together to solve this problem.
Launched with the support of Laptop for Kids in Sheffield (Learn Sheffield and WANdisco), we are supported by leading lights from Warrington’s business and civic community. We need your donations to close the digital divide.
When the Covid pandemic struck, the UK went into lockdown, forcing schools across the country to adapt their teaching and take to digital remote learning. Thousands of young people across the country were left behind without safe access to the internet at home. We passionately believe that every child deserves an equal opportunity to education and access to the tools they need to succeed.
We saw first hand the struggles some families were facing and with little government support on offer, we knew we had to help in any way we could.
Warrington Borough Council’s chief executive, Prof. Steven Broomhead MBE, said:“We want to ensure that every child has safe access to the internet so they can fulfil their educational potential. In a time of national crisis, the public and private sectors in Warrington came together to help solve this problem. I’d like to thank the businesses that have donated equipment so far and urge all local businesses to donate anything they can to the project. We need your continued support to help close this digital divide.”
Lord-Lieutenant of Cheshire, David Briggs, said:“The most amazing thing any of us can do is to change someone else's life for the better. You can do precisely this by giving away your used laptop. By doing so, you are giving away something which you no longer have use for, and the result will be to transform the opportunity to learn for a disadvantaged child. I do hope that local businesses will get behind this exciting initiative in Warrington.”
We are grateful to all businesses and organisations who have already showed their support by donating devices to the campaign in Warrington:
Mahdiya Malik Vaultex UK Ltd HR & CSR Manager said:“As part of our CSR programme we are always looking at ways in which we can support people living in social mobility cold spots to have the same opportunities as all. The pandemic has brought so many changes to everyone’s lives, especially for school children who have had to get used to remote learning. We know that not everyone has access to the equipment needed for remote learning, which is why we at Vaultex wanted to donate desktops that were no longer required for the business to children and young people who needed it the most”
Gary McKeating, Sellafield Ltd’s head of community and development, said:“One of the priorities of our social impact programme is ensuring our support is targeted towards areas of greatest need."
Jacobs, the global technology-forward solutions company which employs more than 1,200 people in Birchwood Park, is donating 400 refurbished laptop and desktop computers.
Jacobs Critical Mission Solutions International Senior Vice President Clive White said:“The pandemic has made us all more aware that some children need much better access to IT if they are to succeed at school. We are supporting this excellent initiative as part of our commitment to deliver social and economic benefits to the communities where we operate.”
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Please contact www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/wbclaptopsforkidsschoolrequest/ who will be happy to discuss your laptop requirements.
Please share details of the Laptops for Kids campaign with your child’s school and ask them to contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
To make a computer or laptop donation, businesses, organisations and individuals can complete the following survey to confirm their offer and make arrangements for collection.
You can fill in their form below to contact Warrington about donations.