Alison Wright, the local Co op Member Pioneer for Holmes Chapel and Congleton and with help from her colleague, Gemma Bosson in Newcastle under Lyme, has launched an appeal for laptops and tablets to be donated to help our young people fully engage with the learning opportunities being offered to them at home.
As we entered this latest lockdown, we very quickly realised that many homes were struggling with not having enough laptops. Although schools reported a very high engagement rate from students, it became clear that many young people are accessing their on-line lessons using their phones or even game consoles.
Obviously this is not ideal and makes completing any self learning, research, assessments and project work very difficult, and it’s a situation we would like our local community to help with - many of us have upgraded our laptops and tablets, and still have the old hardware at home.
Or maybe you work for a company that has a stock of redundant equipment that they would be willing to donate? My email is email@example.com
If you do have any unused laptops or tablets, you can donate them to any of the Co op stores in Holmes Chapel or Congleton. Please bring them to the store in a carrier bag complete with chargers, and hand to a member of staff. If you would prefer, we can arrange a socially distanced collection. Please call 07881 886176 to arrange.
All the equipment will then be checked by IT Face who will erase any remaining files and data, carry out a factory reset and install the basic software that is required, as well as PAT testing each item to ensure it is safe to use.
The Member Pioneers will then liaise with school staff to prioritise the allocation of the donated equipment.
Thank you very much for reading this. Any help or ideas would be very much appreciated.
Co op Member Pioneer - Holmes Chapel and Congleton