A huge thank you to everyone who has donated a device to help children in our local community access online learning. We have truly been overwhelmed by your response. By half-term, we will have donated an astounding 200 much-needed devices to our partner schools.

In many cases children have been without access to a device for online learning. Schools have been forced to offer recorded lessons, so children can use a parent’s mobile phone or other shared device – and even that has not always been possible. The Head at West Hill Primary said that she can now run live sessions for her Year 6 group as every pupil will now have a device. She is thrilled as it will make such a difference.

It has been a great community effort with a number of laptops donated by companies. Torpedo Factory Group, a live event and streaming company, donated 44 laptops. We have also received many devices from Emanuel parents and staff members. Parents have been resourceful in getting hold of devices through local contacts and OEs (Old Emanuels) have donated funds to enable us to purchase Chromebooks too. Emanuel’s IT team have checked every device to ensure it is ready to be delivered or refurbished, DigiLED, a parent’s company, have generously refurbished the laptops, and Emanuel staff have delivered them to local schools.

We have donated much-needed devices to fellow Foundation schools Westminster City and Greycoat Hospital, as well as primary schools including Ark John Archer, Glenbrook, Goldfinch, Griffin, John Burns, Langford, Shaftesbury Park, St George’s, Sulivan, Trinity St Mary’s, Westbridge and West Hill.

Our partner schools still need devices. If you have one that you no longer need, we can rehome it!

If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Irwin, Deputy Development and Community Partnerships Director, at lisa.irwin@emanuel.org.uk