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Giving IT equipment a longer life

Posted onPosted on 4th Mar

Newark and Sherwood District Council has donated 80 laptops to 19 community groups across the district as part of its digital inclusion scheme.

It said even though so much of day-to-day life is now done through some form of screen, not everyone has access to a digital device and can, therefore, be left behind compared to their peers.

To reduce digital poverty, the council donates digital devices such as laptops and iPads that are past corporate life, but are still in excellent condition and fully functional, to local groups.

Groups that have received laptops include schools, charities, and food hubs.

One of the recipients of laptops was Home-Start Newark, a non-profit organisation that helps families and young children with information and friendly and confidential support.

Sara Grant, manager of Home-Start Newark, said: “Huge thanks to Newark and Sherwood District Council for their generous donation of 14 reconditioned laptops.

“The laptops will be used in the provision of vital support services to local families in the Newark and Sherwood area. These laptops will enable us to develop and enhance our existing offer and provide families with better links to wider support services.

“We are incredibly grateful to the council for its ongoing support, which enables us to be there for families when they need us the most. Thank you!”

In addition, the council donated four laptops to Newark Women’s Aid, a charity providing specialist services to support women who have experienced abuse from a partner or family member.

A spokesperson said: Our sincere thanks for the most generous donation of laptops for the families we support in our refuge.

“They are a real luxury and something they would struggle to afford. It will enable our residents to access free online training, and they will be ideal for children’s homework and leisure. Many thanks from all from Newark Women’s Aid.”

Ten laptops were donated to St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Boughton, for extra-curricular club Minecraft and Coding.

Headteacher Elspeth Wilkins-Campbell said: “The school is extremely grateful to the council for the provision of the laptops for the school. They are also to be used to support our SEND provision during interventions.

“The children are very excited to access these sessions, and there is a wonderful uptake of opportunity.”

Coun Lee Brazier, lead digital champion at the council, said: “As part of our commitment to digital inclusivity across Newark and Sherwood, I am delighted to see groups within the district taking advantage of our digital inclusion scheme.

“Offering digital devices that are past corporate life, but still fully workable, supports our mission of reducing digital poverty, improving digital inclusivity, and creating a better-connected district.

As a council, we maintain a commitment to providing our communities with the means to be more digitally included.

“When our devices reach the end of their corporate life, we will carry on offering them out to community groups to support this work.”