Businesses and local residents are being asked to donate spare laptops to support young people in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough who do not have access to a computer or the Internet at home. During the pandemic, many young people can keep up with online lessons and schoolwork at home. However, there are many who are far less fortunate. Despite government investment, a survey of schools in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough has identified around 8,000 pupils that 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.
The County Council is now asking businesses and residents to consider donating any spare or unwanted laptops, or making a financial donation, to make sure no pupil continues to go without and is able to engage with their teachers and peers. Find more information via the website, including where to donate an unused device (local libraries are accepting laptops as part of this initiative), how to check technical requirements, or how to make a financial donation (gofundme portal).
In addition to the appeal above, just to remind you that South Cambridgeshire District Council have awarded Cambridge Online a £5,000 grant to help digitally excluded children to get online. To apply or ask questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01223 300407.