Food bank in plea for old technology to help homeschooled children

Kingsbridge Food Bank are asking for anyone with old technology gathering dust in the back of cupboards to donate it to them to help children with their virtual school work. 

An Acer laptop © Raimond Spekking

With the latest lockdown, many children are having to do their schoolwork online, but there are those who do not have the technology needed to access the resources. Laptops, tablets, smart phones, Xbox 360s and PS4s all have the ability to access the online work that children need. 

The units will be given to ActionWest Business Systems to be returned to factory settings before being passed to children who need them, to help them with their home learning. 

Figures from Ofcom estimate that between 1.14 million and 1.78 million children in the UK (nine per cent) do not have home access to a laptop, desktop or tablet, and that more than 880,000 children live in a household with only a mobile internet connection. 

between 1.14 million and 1.78 million children in the UK (nine per cent) do not have home access to a laptop, desktop or tablet

Data providers, Three (Pay Monthly and Pay-As-You-Go), Smarty (Pay Monthly and Pay-As-You-Go), Virgin Mobile (Pay Monthly only), EE (Pay Monthly and Pay-As-You-Go), Tesco Mobile (Pay Monthly only) and Sky Mobile (Pay Monthly only) are offering free data to those who do not have access to broadband. Find out how to access it here

If you think you can help, call Gerrie Messer on 07759 683567. 

Kingsbridge Food Bank is open 10am - 4pm Monday to Friday.

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