Laptops for Children Initiative - Can you help?
We have now launched our Laptops for Children initiative.
In partnership, Cambridgeshire County Council, Peterborough City Council, Cambridge 2030, the Cambs Youth Panel, Cambridge Digital Partnership and Cambridgeshire Culture Foundation have launched the campaign to encourage businesses and residents to donate spare laptops and/or make a financial contribution to purchase new equipment to support young people in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough who do not have access to a computer or the internet at home.
During the coronavirus pandemic, many young people were able to keep up with online lessons and schoolwork at home. However, there are many far less fortunate. Despite government investment, a survey of schools in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough has identified around 8,000 pupils who still lack suitable equipment or internet access at home, meaning they are unable to benefit from online resources, support from teachers, or even interact with classmates.
Our target is to secure sufficient funding and resources to ensure that every child and young person in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough has both the equipment and access to broadband that they need to maintain continuity of their learning and education in their homes.
There are two ways businesses and residents can help us make a difference:
We are working with Libraries in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough to allow residents and businesses to drop their unwanted laptop(s) off at their local library - a list of locations can be found below:
After laptops are donated, they will be delivered to the Cambs Youth Panel where all data will be securely wiped from them in line with the guidance provided by the National Cyber Security Centre before they are repurposed ready for a child or young person to use.
If donors would like their laptop to go to a named school or a school in a particular area, they should include this information when they leave it at the collection point.
If residents and businesses would like to help in another way, we welcome financial donations to assist us in purchasing refurbished laptops and 4G routers for internet access for Peterborough children and young people. We now have a portal whereby businesses, other public bodies and individuals can make a donation in a fast, secure way. To make a financial donation visit: https://www.gofundme.com/f/cambridgeshire-laptops-for-children
The initiative has been promoted via:
- CCC/PCC social media channels
- School/college social media channels
- Press release (this is a joint release between CCC,PCC, the Youth Panel and Cambridge Digital Partnership, Cambridge 2030)
- LA dedicated webpages
- District/Parish councils
- Volunteer groups and community hubs
- Staff newsletters and intranets
For enquiries about the appeal please email: LaptopsForChildren@cambridgeshire.gov.uk
Posted: Mon, 15 Feb 2021 10:03 by Amanda Jerrom