Businesses and local residents are being asked to donate spare laptops to support young people in Hackney who do not have access to a computer at home.
During the coronavirus pandemic, many young people were able to keep up with online lessons and school work at home. However, around 4,000 pupils are believed to not have sufficient access to ICT facilities at home.
Schools have been able to temporarily loan equipment and a government scheme provided about 1,500 laptops, which have been distributed via schools. Now we are asking businesses and residents to consider donating any spare or unwanted laptops to make sure no pupil goes without.
How to make a donation
If you have an unwanted or unneeded laptop that you are willing to donate so that a Hackney child can access online learning, please complete the laptop donation form, review the information below and donate today.
Minimum specification for donated latops
To ensure that children and young people receive a laptop that can best support them in their online learning we ask that donated laptops meet the following minimum requirements:
- no older than 2008. Must be Windows 7 or above laptops, Apple MacBooks (no AMD chip), or Chromebooks. No tablet devices
- must be in good physical order (no damage such as cracked screen, missing keys, broken USB ports or water damage, etc)
- must include a working power supply / charger
- wifi capability built-in
- webcam built-in
- minimum of 2GB RAM
- minimum of 16GB hard disk
After laptops are donated all data will be wiped from them to repurpose them for a child or young person to use.
Donors should ensure they have backed up any data they wish to keep, as we will not be able to retrieve it. We recommend donors delete their data before donating their laptop(s).
Where to donate laptops
After completing the donation form, donations of unwanted laptops can be made at the following locations:
If you would like to help in another way we welcome financial donations to assist us in purchasing refurbished laptops for Hackney children and young people. For information on how to make a financial donation please complete the financial donation form.
If you have any queries about donating or the appeal please contact us.