Council to give additional hundreds of laptops to children learning from home
Telford & Wrekin Council is extending its ‘Laptops for Learning” scheme, launched last year to support hundreds of borough children who have fallen between the gaps of the national scheme, to help even more children who need these devices for remote learning.
Around 350 laptops have already been provided by the Council to children who don’t have a computer at home, so they can take part in online work.
However, a recent survey among borough schools shows that many more devices are urgently needed.
The Council is aiming to supply, in partnership with schools, at least another 400 laptops to children who currently have no such device at home for learning.
Local residents and businesses are encouraged to get involved and help the Council achieve this target.
Should they wish to take part, residents and businesses can:
-Donate old, in good working condition laptops–the Council will collect these from any borough locations and trade them to cover the cost of new devices.
For more information and to arrange an old laptop donation, go to https://bit.ly/35RkDqQ
-Make a financial contribution - the Council will use all the funds raised to buy new laptops and deliver them to children needing them.
To donate, go to https://gofund.me/13862c8b
Councillor Shirley Reynolds, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People, Education and Lifelong Learning said: “During this lockdown, more children in our borough struggle to learn from home.
We want to do everything possible to help them so, in partnership with schools, we are extending our “Laptops for Learning “scheme and will be urgently providing more devices to schools.
“To help as many children as possible, we are asking residents and businesses to please get involved, either by donating old laptops or by making a financial contribution, however small. All these will help us buy and deliver new devices to all those children who find it so difficult to keep up with their learning without them.
“A number of borough businesses have already come forward to support with considerable donations, we would like to thank all who have contributed so far and we hope many more will join our efforts.”
Councillor Paul Watling Cabinet Member for Co-operative Communities, Engagement and Partnerships said: “Laptops for Learning” is one of a number of ways we are helping families in need across the borough to cope with the lockdown impact.
Other ways we have offered increased support to those needing it are through:
-Winter coats - Working with schools and children’s services, we are helping borough children in need with a winter coat and shoes to keep warm.
-February half-term vouchers of increased value, to cover food costs for families registered on free school meals or early years support – more details are on http://newsroom.telford.gov.uk/News/Details/15607
-Free breakfast boxes - working with 11 community groups across the borough, we are delivering free breakfast boxes containing items for five days for children on free school meals. More details are on www.telford.gov.uk/breakfast
“Details on other support schemes for families and all borough residents are on www.telford.gov.uk/coronavirus/support “
Photos: taken in 2020, with laptops handed over to schools across the borough as a result of "Laptops for Learning" scheme