There is a growing divide between those who have access to the devices they need for remote learning and those who don’t.
There a large number of families across Wiltshire who don’t have access to computers or tablets to enable them to take part in remote learning during lockdown.
Wiltshire Digital Drive, a community interest company, was set up to help combat this issue, but they need support to help bridge the gap.
They are looking for any unwanted desktops, laptops and tablets that you may have at your home or business. All they ask is that the machines have a Windows 7, 8 or 10 operating system and a working keyboard and screen. If you still have the charger, they will need that too.
The team at Priority IT in Westbury look after the IT side of things, they test and securely wipe all the data from the devices before refurbishing or recycling the donated devices. The team then match them with a family or student in need and they are delivered out as soon as they are available.
There are two ways to support the drive. The first way is to make a donation of a device. This can either be to one of 3 locations in Westbury, Bath or Corsham or they provide a collection service with the pick up’s happening every other week in South Wiltshire. Secondly, you can make a financial contribution in support via their Go Fund Me page.
This is a great opportunity for local businesses big and small to recycle their older IT equipment as they upgrade whilst helping a great cause.
The group have so far refurbished and distributed 150 laptops to those who need them most, but there is still many more needed.
If you are aware of someone in need, applications are being accepted. Schools, charities and community groups can apply for devices on behalf of students and families, but direct applications cannot be accepted – https://www.wiltshiredigitaldrive.org/apply/
Natalie Sherman from Wiltshire Digital Drive explains more: