So far we have donated 12 laptops and tablets to Power to Connect – a campaign launched by Battersea Power Station and Wandsworth Council to combat digital poverty.
The laptops and tablets will be repurposed into Chromebooks by a team of volunteers working at the Power to Connect hub. Once converted, the Chromebooks will be distributed to local schools. Schools are prioritised in terms of deprivation; the top eight primary schools earmarked for Chromebooks so far are schools that we partner with through Primary Ambitions and other community partnership initiatives.
Local schools are still desperate for laptops to give to children who are unable to get online to do their schoolwork. Though schools are partially reopening, many children will still be isolated at home. It is vital that all children have a device for remote learning and with the lockdown there is a concern that children from less well-off families will be left behind.
If you have an old laptop (or tablet, at a pinch) that you no longer use or need, even if it is old and very, very slow as long as it turns on, we want it!
So, how can you donate? If you have a laptop that can be repurposed (ideally with a power cable but it’s also fine without) you can either:
- Drop it off in a sealed bag at Emanuel’s security gate between 3.30 and 4.00 pm daily (please note that the gate is only staffed at these times); or
- Contact Lisa.firstname.lastname@example.org and we will arrange to collect the laptop from you (as long as you are not too far from school!)
We will ensure that the laptops are delivered to the renovation hub and then on to the children that need them as soon as possible.