Cash for Connectivity

We need your help in an emergency fundraising appeal to ensure those most at risk of falling behind in home-schooling can stay in the virtual class.

Part of the Laptops for Kids campaign, Cash For Connectivity aims to raise £1.2million to purchase internet-enabled dongles for the households in the North of England who need to get online.

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Laptops for Kids is a charitable organisation that facilitates the donation, secure erasure and distribution of used digital devices, enabling children from disadvantaged backgrounds to have access to the technology they need to participate in remote learning.

Laptops for Kids, Help with home-learning

Companies, big and small, have pledged to donate computers that are surplus to their requirements. Students at the WANdisco Data Academy at The Sheffield College are securely erasing the devices using licenses and certification donated by global data security firm Blancco.

These are being securely erased and given to the city’s disadvantaged young people, free of charge, enabling them to do the schoolwork they couldn’t do without a computer.

We are perfecting our model in Sheffield before rolling it out in South Yorkshire and beyond.

Our drop-off points for your devices are located in:

Can your business or organisation help by providing a drop-off point for laptop donations in South Yorkshire or further afield? Please get in touch if so and we can provide further details.

Our Purpose

Why we do it.

We believe that all children should have access to the equipment and technology they need to succeed in their education.

Our Unique Process

How we do it.

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.

Our Solution

What we do.

We invite businesses and individuals to donate used digital devices. These are securely erased to global standards and distributed according to need to children, giving them the opportunity to learn remotely.

Laptops for Kids - Sheffield

Our Mission

Thousands and thousands of young people 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 have come together to solve this problem.

Launched by The Star and WANdisco, we are supported by leading lights the nations business and civic community. We need your donations to close the digital divide.

Volunteer Now

Laptops for Kids, the fast-growing charitable organisation, is seeking volunteers to support its mission. Due to the latest lockdown and an increase in donations, we are looking for responsible individuals to help erase data from donated devices at a facility at The Sheffield College. They will be using software gifted by Blancco, a leading global data security company.

Requirements:

  • A good level of proficiency in general computer usage
  • Ability to input and cross check information in spreadsheets
  • Ability to understand and carefully follow step by step instructions
  • Good attention to detail.

Desirable:

  • An understanding of installing computer operating systems
  • Previous technical support / IT help experience
  • Experience of refurbishing or repairing PCs / laptops.

The time commitment would be flexible around the hours of 9am-12pm and 1-4pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays at The Sheffield College City Campus.

Volunteers would need their own transport. The Sheffield College operates a Covid-secure environment and volunteers will need to follow guidelines set by the college.

For more information and to apply, please complete our online application and we will be in touch with you in due course.

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Our Story

Digital poverty is no new issue and with the role of technology in education growing, so is 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. With the digital divide now more prevalent than ever, 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.

How it works:

To make a donation, business, organisations and individuals should see details for the location nearest them, as each area has its own drop off points and teams handling the donations and allocations.

We want laptops, tablets, desktops and chargers.

Students at the WANdisco Data Academy are securely erasing devices under the guidance of IT experts.

They are using licences and certification donated by data security expert Blancco in support of our campaign.

After making contact, donors can take devices to a location nearby.

There are more details on local distribution of the certified erased devices available on the location page.

Natterhub is providing access to digital literacy and safety content.

Allocation of donated devices

Devices are being distributed to schools by our teams nationwide. For local allocation details, please see our location page nearest you.

Schools


Please see your nearest location page for details.

Parents or Guardians


Please share details of the Laptops for Kids campaign with your child’s school and ask them to contact us for further details.


Join our cause:

We are talking to major employers, laptop manufacturers and mobile network operators in our campaign to close the digital divide.

Donors include DLA Piper, the UK's largest law firm, Benchmark Consult, a leading tech recruiter, and local charities.

Please do join us and help in any way you can.

Follow the campaign online at #LaptopsForKids

Our taskforce:

  • David Angrave, Chief Operating Officer of online educational publisher Twinkl
  • Stephen Betts, CEO of Learn Sheffield
  • Andrew Coombe, Lord-Lieutenant of South Yorkshire
  • Nancy Fielder, Editor of The Star (co-chair)
  • Angela Foulkes, Chief Executive & Principal of The Sheffield College
  • Bernard Ginns, Director of communications specialist Branksome Partners
  • Michael Hayman, Co-founder of Campaigns firm Seven Hills
  • Cllr Abtisam Mohamed, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills at Sheffield City Council
  • Henri Murison, Director of the non-political Northern Powerhouse Partnership
  • David Richards, Founder and CEO of data software company WANdisco plc (co-chair)
  • Manjit Sareen, CEO and Co-founder of educational social media platform Natterhub

To make a donation, business, organisations and individuals should contact laptopsforkids@wandisco.com


We want to make people feel...

Donating Businesses

  • Warmhearted
  • Connected
  • Altruistic

Family Units

  • Equal
  • Supported
  • Valued

Contact us

Our drop-off points for your devices are located in:

Can your business or organisation help by providing a drop-off point for laptop donations in South Yorkshire or further afield? Please if so and we can provide further details.

Please do not hesitate to contact us directly at laptopsforkids@wandisco.com or visit our GoFundMe

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