Laptops for children

Businesses and local residents are being asked to donate spare laptops to support young people in Cambridgeshire who do not have access to a computer or the internet at home.

During the coronavirus pandemic, many young people were able to keep up with online lessons and schoolwork at home. However, there are many far less fortunate. Despite government investment, a survey of schools in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough has identified around 8,000 pupils who still lack suitable equipment or internet access at home, meaning they are unable to benefit from online resources, support from teachers, or even interact with classmates.

We are asking businesses and residents to consider donating any spare or unwanted laptops, or making a financial donation, to make sure no pupil continues to go without.

Where to donate a laptop

If you have an unwanted or unneeded laptop that you are willing to donate so that a Cambridgeshire child can access online learning, resources and support, please take it to one of our libraries.

If you would like your laptop to go to a named school or a school in a particular area, please include this information when you leave it at the collection point.

Minimum specification for donated laptops

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:

  • A windows laptop must be fully operational, with a workable battery and charger
  • The specification of the device must enable it to run the latest version of Windows 10.
  • Ideally the laptop should have a usable webcam
  • Windows must be legally licenced
  • If possible, it should be provided with a legal, licenced, currently supported version of Microsoft Office (version 2016 or later)

We recommend donors back up any data they wish to keep, as we will not be able to retrieve it, and then delete this before donating their laptop(s).

After laptops are donated all data will be securely wiped from them in line with guidance provided by the National Cyber Security Centre before they are repurposed ready for a child or young person to use.

How children and young people will receive a laptop

Once donated laptops have been repurposed, they will be distributed to schools who will be responsible for allocating them to children and young people in need.

Financial donations

If you would like to help in another way, we welcome financial donations to assist us in purchasing refurbished laptops and 4G routers for internet access for Cambridgeshire children and young people. For further information, and to make a financial donation, please visit the following website.

Thank you for your support. Your donation will help make a difference to the lives of children and young people in Cambridgeshire.

Contact us

If you have any queries about donating or the appeal please contact us.

LaptopsForChildren@cambridgeshire.gov.uk