Businesses are being urged to donate any unwanted laptops and devices to the #TechTogether campaign after two Northamptonshire companies came together to try to help parents struggling with home schooling.
“Parents are under so much pressure, especially when they have two or more children needing access to one device, or where they have no device at all. We would ask two things of business leaders – one is to be understanding and supportive towards staff who are having to home school, and also, if they have any devices – laptops, tablets or iPads – that they can donate to a local school to pass on to a family that is struggling, that would be fantastic.”
“We just want to help in any way we can,” said Jon Thorpe. “Why wouldn’t we? We’d already been approached by a number of clients asking us to wipe devices for donation to those in need, and this seemed like a natural step on from that. If any businesses have devices they no longer need, our engineers will wipe them clean in line with data protection and then present them ready for a school to hand over to families that need them.”
“We are calling it #TechTogether because we feel that carries on the message from last year’s lockdowns about the strength of the local business community and the community in general about how we can work together to help each other. Business owners who are parents themselves will know how tough home schooling is. We’re not teachers, we’re just parents doing the best we can and it’s difficult enough even with the right resources. Not everyone has that luxury, and if the business community can pull together to come up with just 20, maybe 30 devices to take the pressure off children and their parents, then that would be amazing.”