How do I donate?

Laptops for Kids is a charitable organisation that facilitates the donation, secure erasure and distribution of used digital devices, enabling children from disadvantaged backgrounds to have access to the technology they need to participate in remote learning.

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Companies, big and small, have pledged to donate computers that are surplus to their requirements. Students at the WANdisco Data Academy at The Sheffield College are securely erasing the devices using licenses and certification donated by global data security firm Blancco.

These are being securely erased and given to the city’s disadvantaged young people, free of charge, enabling them to do the schoolwork they couldn’t do without a computer.

We are perfecting our model in Sheffield before rolling it out in South Yorkshire and beyond.

Our Purpose

Why we do it.

We believe that all children should have access to the equipment and technology they need to succeed in their education.

Our Unique Process

How we do it.

By bringing together a group of like minded organisations, each providing unique expertise at different stages of the process, we are able to provide an end-to-end solution that supports in closing the digital divide.

Our Solution

What we do.

We invite businesses and individuals to donate used digital devices. These are securely erased to global standards and distributed according to need to children, giving them the opportunity to learn remotely.

Laptops for Kids - Sheffield

Our Mission

Thousands and thousands of young people in Sheffield are falling further behind with their education because they cannot access the internet at home. We need your help to close this digital divide by donating unused devices to our Laptops for Kids campaign.

We want to ensure that every child gets safe access to the internet so they can fulfil their educational potential. In a time of national crisis, the public and private sectors in Sheffield have come together to solve this problem.

Launched by The Star and WANdisco, we are supported by leading lights from Sheffield’s business and civic community. We need your donations to close the digital divide.

Our Story

Digital poverty is no new issue and with the role of technology in education growing, so is the digital divide. When the Covid pandemic struck, the UK went into lockdown, forcing schools across the country to adapt their teaching and take to digital remote learning.

Thousands of young people across the country were left behind without safe access to the internet at home. We passionately believe that every child deserves an equal opportunity to education and access to the tools they need to succeed. With the digital divide now more prevalent than ever, we saw first hand the struggles some families were facing and with little government support on offer we knew we had to help in any way we could.

How it works:

To make a donation, business, organisations and individuals should contact laptopsforkids@wandisco.com and arrange collection.

We want laptops, tablets, desktops and chargers.

Donors can securely erase devices themselves. Alternatively, we can arrange for the certified secure erasure of devices.

Students at the WANdisco Data Academy at The Sheffield City College are securely erasing devices under the guidance of IT experts.

They are using licences and certification donated by data security expert Blancco in support of our campaign.

After making contact via email, donors can take devices to locations in central Sheffield including the Cutlers’ Hall, Twinkl and Learn Sheffield.

Learn Sheffield, a not-for-profit organisation owned by the schools, colleges and Sheffield City Council, is distributing certified erased devices to schools, according to need.

Natterhub is providing access to digital literacy and safety content.

Allocation of donated devices

Devices are being distributed to schools by Learn Sheffield.

Schools


Please contact Learn Sheffield who will be happy to discuss your laptop requirements.

Parents or Guardians


Please share details of the Laptops for Kids campaign with your child’s school and ask them to contact Learn Sheffield for further details.


Join our cause:

We are talking to major employers, laptop manufacturers and mobile network operators in our campaign to close the digital divide in Sheffield.

Donors include DLA Piper, the UK's largest law firm, Benchmark Consult, a leading tech recruiter, and local charities.

Please do join us and help in any way you can. To pledge your support, please email laptopsforkids@wandisco.com

Follow the campaign online at #LaptopsForKids

Our taskforce:

  • David Angrave, Chief Operating Officer of online educational publisher Twinkl
  • Stephen Betts, CEO of Learn Sheffield
  • Andrew Coombe, Lord-Lieutenant of South Yorkshire
  • Nancy Fielder, Editor of The Star (co-chair)
  • Angela Foulkes, Chief Executive & Principal of The Sheffield College
  • Bernard Ginns, Director of communications specialist Branksome Partners
  • Michael Hayman, Co-founder of Campaigns firm Seven Hills
  • Cllr Abtisam Mohamed, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills at Sheffield City Council
  • Henri Murison, Director of the non-political Northern Powerhouse Partnership
  • David Richards, Founder and CEO of data software company WANdisco plc (co-chair)
  • Manjit Sareen, CEO and Co-founder of educational social media platform Natterhub

To make a donation, business, organisations and individuals should contact laptopsforkids@wandisco.com


We want to make people feel...

Donating Businesses

  • Warmhearted
  • Connected
  • Altruistic

Family Units

  • Equal
  • Supported
  • Valued

Contact us

Do you have any questions?
Are you ready to make a donation?

Please do not hesitate to contact us directly at laptopsforkids@wandisco.com

or visit our GoFundMe


Our drop-off points for your devices are located in:

Can your business or organisation help by providing a drop-off point for laptop donations in South Yorkshire or further afield? Please get in touch if so and we can provide further details.

LTFK News

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School laptops: Unions warn of devices shortage

A report by the education standards body, Ofsted, says many children have slipped back since the first lockdown. A lack of resources, enabling children to learn at home, has been one factor. The government has supplied laptops to schools in England but has struggled to deliver the amount originally promised to many schools this term.

Sheffield businesses urged to make a difference with Laptops for Kids campaign

The Star’s Laptops for Kids campaign - in conjunction with WANdisco and LearnSheffield - has prompted many Sheffield firms to get involved.

Free laptops, tablets and routers for children across England

The move is part of a push to make remote education accessible for pupils while their schools are closed during the coronavirus pandemic

Join The Star’s campaign to give back to Sheffield’s young people

The Star has joined forces with two Sheffield companies to launch a new campaign which aims to close the ‘digital divide’ amongst disadvantaged young people.

BBC: School Laptop Cuts 'Will Hit Northern Children Hardest

Lord O'Neill, who was a minister in George Osborne's Treasury, urges Boris Johnson to give surplus government laptops to disadvantaged children.

BBC: Fears schools will be overwhelmed by laptopless pupils

There are concerns some schools in lockdown could be inundated with pupils without laptops after a change to the vulnerable pupil list.