School closures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have meant pupils now need computers, laptops, tablets or iPads to keep up with online lessons and extra curricular schoolwork while at home.
South Northamtonshire council together with businesses in Brackley and Silverstone have responded to an appealby a small local charity to donate computers to pupils to tackle digital poverty.
Volunteer for Towcester Community Food, Miranda Wixon said: “Working with schools to help provide food we have identified an urgent need for computers in South Northants where children are not able to participate fully due to not having appropriate equipment at home.”
With the support of the Northamptonshire Community Foundation the Community Larders in Towcester, Roade and Brackley are participating in the Tech4kids campaign in partnership with McCarthy-Dixon Foundation in Northampton to source further equipment.
In total 62 computers have been delivered into 20 schools.
One mother said “I only have one computer in the house which I use for my work, as I work from home, and two children who also need it for their school work, now I have been able to access computers through school we can all sit together doing school work. This has really motivated my children to study at home, which has been a real challenge this year.”