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Council's old laptops sold to help home learning

Around 100 old laptops and smart devices no longer needed by Tendring District Council are being sold to raise funds to buy new equipment for children who are home learning during lockdown.
The devices being donated to an Essex County Council scheme are being replaced as part of the roll-out of new IT for both council officers and members. The devices have the data securely destroyed and are then sold on second-hand – with the money generated used to buy IT equipment for children to use.
Although the scheme is running across Essex, Tendring has secured a deal that will see money generated from its old devices going to fund new IT for children in the district.
“I am glad that even as our old kit is reconditioned and finds a new life for whoever buys it, it is also supporting new IT for children who may need help doing home learning in Tendring,” said Carlo Guglielmi, TDC cabinet member for finance and corporate resources. “We know it can be tough for families to access home learning; even those with a family computer may struggle if they have more than one child, or if parents also need devices to work from home.
Essex County Council’s Close the Digital Divide programme launched in autumn 2020, and by the end of this week will have seen some 3,000 devices distributed to schools across the county to go to families in need. While secondary schools have been the priority, the scheme is also working with primary schools, especially in Tendring.
Businesses can also donate unwanted laptops – not other devices – to the scheme, with the county council’s partners doing the data wiping and cleaning. Individuals cannot yet take part, but it is hoped this will be expanded in the near future.
To donate or find out more email [email protected]

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