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FACES appeal - Laptops Needed #Tech4Children

May 7, 2020 1:08 PM
Originally published by Dave Hodgson - Mayor of Bedford Borough

IBM Thinkpad laptop computerLocal charity FACES (Family and Children's Early-help Services) has launched an appeal #Tech4Children to provide laptops for children and families in need.

It is thought that in some areas of the UK up to 70% of children do not have access to IT equipment, in a world that has been forced 'online' those children have a major disadvantage. Children are unable to contact their friends, and critically unable to keep up with schoolwork.

For children in families already faced with difficult issues such as mental/physical health, domestic abuse, poverty and behavioural issues the situation is dire. "In some families there is one just one SmartPhone and they're trying to share that between multiple adults and children", said Wendie Harvey CEO of FACES. "We are extremely concerned about our families. The lack of access to technology at a time like this increases the poverty and education gap".

Over the coming months Layer 8 ltd will be working alongside FACES to source much needed hardware such as Laptops (with power cables) for children to keep up with their education at home during these unprecedented time and are appealing that you have a good rummage around your IT cupboard, and to please get in touch if you have a laptop(s) you would be willing to donate. Please email Tech4Children@layer8ltd.co.uk and wthey will send you further information on how to donate.

You can find out more about FACES at https://www.facesbedford.org/