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Donate a device for disadvantaged children

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Have you got an old laptop collecting dust? A tablet stuffed in the bottom of a drawer? Perhaps you received new a laptop or tablet for Christmas and your old device is no longer needed?

Join us to keep children learning

We want to do our bit to help a national movement to keep children learning. Lockdown has affected every one of us in different ways, for those with children at school age, home-schooling has become the norm.

However, it relies upon every child having a laptop, computer or tablet to access online learning resources. If you consider the number of laptops a single household would normally have, it is easy to understand how this can easily become an issue.

How can I make a difference?

  1. Donate your old laptops or computers to us
  2. Make a donation of £200 (the cost for one laptop) and we will match your donation up to 10 laptops
  3. Raise awareness of the initiative by sharing our posts on social media

What are we doing?

We will wipe your donated laptops and ensure that any previously saved data has been completely removed. They will then be distributed to local schools in the Black Country and Birmingham. As mentioned above, we will match your donation to buy a new laptop too!

Detrimental effect on education and mental health

It is thought that 5000+ children need a suitable device in Birmingham alone. Many families don’t own a computer or are having to share devices with their siblings and parents.

This minimises learning time and places teachers, students and parents in an impossible situation. Many children are left disadvantaged, unable to study and left behind in their education and learning, which is simply unfair.

It can also have a detrimental effect on mental health. Aside from not being able to access mental health resources, it also prevents young people from having a ‘voice’, limiting access to peers and increasing loneliness.

What will happen to the donated devices?

We will wipe your donated computers and distribute them to local schools in the Black Country and Birmingham. Each donated device will be renewed and repurposed ready to support a local family.

How will I be helping?

Those that receive a device will gain:

  • Access to full time education
  • Connection to wider online learning resources
  • Access to mental health support
  • Connection to peers
  • Opportunity to build digital skills

What devices can be donated?

Laptops, PCs and tablets that are less than 10 years old and in good condition.

What next?

We are winding down our activity for this campaign. We would like to whole heartedly thank everyone that donated secondhand laptops and contributed to buying brand-new laptops. You have made a huge difference.

The campaign to bridge the digital divide is ongoing, and we would encourage you to contact The Restart Project to find local charities that are still actively seeking secondhand laptops:

https://therestartproject.org/where-to-donate-your-computer/

Wipe data from your device

If you are planning to donate a device, then read our guide about wiping devices prior to giving away your device. The guide is also helpful if you plan to sell any of your personal phones, tablets, computers or laptops.

How your donated devices have helped:

Bristnall Hall Academy


Kully Uppal, Principal, Bristnall Hall Academy. Toby Nicholls, Technician, Superfast IT - donating laptops

The Principal of Bristnall Hall Academy, Kully Uppal, was handed donated devices from Toby Nicholls - one of Superfast IT's IT technicians. Toby worked relentlessly to get the donated laptops up to scratch; replacing old parts, wiping and preparing the laptops and iPads. Here he is, proudly handing them over to Bristnall Hall Academy!

Mount Pleasant Primary School

Here we are featuring in the Stourbridge News and Halesowen News, handing laptops to Mount Pleasant Primary School, Quarry Bank:

News clipping - James Cash, Managing Director, Superfast IT and Mrs Helen Robinson, Head Teacher at Mount Pleasant Primary School

 

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