Kit 4 Kids Cornwall

by Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Digital Skills Partnership in Truro, England, United Kingdom

Kit 4 Kids Cornwall
We did it
On 23rd February 2021 we successfully raised £76,935 with 204 supporters in 28 days

We want to help young people across Cornwall by raising funds to purchase laptops and data

by Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Digital Skills Partnership in Truro, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

Any extra funding raised will be used to buy additional devices for our young people.


Help us raise £75,000 to buy new laptops for schools

Children across the country are struggling to access their online education at home. In Cornwall there are approximately 2,000 children without access to a computer or affordable data; even after the Department for Education provided over 500 laptops to local schools, delivered in January 2021, the need is still large. This means that they can't access the online learning set by their school. 

"There are many families across Cornwall disadvantaged by not having access to IT. Lack of internet connectivity or a lack of devices, such as laptops or home PCs, can often result in children falling behind in their education. This is evermore the case during the current lockdown where lessons are being delivered online. Providing such resources to families unable to afford their own has a significant impact on their children's education. Not only are pupils able to access their lessons, it gives them the tools to complete and submit work, but also, crucially, allows them to interact directly with their teachers and peers." Alex Lingard, Headteacher, Liskeard School and Community College.

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Given the increasing reliance on online learning, there is a risk that the attainment gap for our young people will grow. That’s why we're determined to do everything we can to get as many laptops as possible to the children who need them. 

Let's step up and show the rest of the Country what we can do to support our young people get the laptops and data dongles they need. 

To support our young people, the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has recognised the need to support National and Local Government schemes by seeking additional funding to help plug the gap. 

“Digital inclusion is vital to give our young people the opportunities they deserve which is why we have asked our Digital Skills Partnership to lead this campaign and have pledged enough funding to buy 100 laptops. This equipment will help deal with immediate home schooling issues, and create a legacy by bridging the digital divide for hundreds of children and their families long after the pandemic is over.”

Now more than ever we need to support families to have full access to online learning and they shouldn’t have to choose between food, heating or educating their children"Frances Brennen, Chair of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Employment and Skills Board.

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"At the Digital Skills partnership we understand that access to computers isn’t just about learning technical skills for digital jobs, its about learning how to use the tools all people will need to do any job in the future. With the Pandemic, we also learned that for children digital skills and digital access can be a barrier to even the basic levels of education and engagement with their classmates and teachers. Laptops went from being a way to help teach ICT to a critical piece of equipment for learning. The ability for families to have laptops and access to the internet in their home will help ensure all students across Cornwall aren’t left behind. It will also help parents and carers to connect with schools for critical updates, find support from local community groups and create new opportunities for family learning. It isn’t just a laptop. It’s a lifeline that can make staying home and staying safe possible." Caitlin Gould Chair of the Digital Skills Partnership. 

We are asking as many businesses, community organisations and people as possible to support us to raise £75,000 to buy a combination of new laptops and data dongles for schools. The schools will then loan the necessary equipment to their pupils as and when needed. We are thinking BIG, if we achieve out initial target of £75,000 we want to go even further and aim for a total raise of £200,000 which would allow us to support up to 1,000 young people.

"Being supplied with a laptop by the school has been a lifesaver. Before we had one, my son struggled to access lessons on his phone and I really didn't know how to help him. His motivation dropped and life at home became quite strained!  With his new laptop, he can send his work to the teachers and keep up with the class." Parent of Year 8 pupil. 

We see this as both a short and long term way of supporting some of our families who are most in need. The funding will allow our young people to access online education throughout the lockdown; and afterwards by ensuring that those families can still participate in homework and other educational activities that are so important for their future attainment and opportunities.

All funds raised will be paid to Cornwall Council, so that they can work with schools to purchase the laptops and data required.  Every £200 raised is enough to buy a laptop for a school to loan to a pupil in CIoS.

If you have a laptop that you no longer require we can also link you up with a school in need for you to hand to them direct, please contact mailto:[email protected] who will be able to co-ordinate this for you.

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"Thank you for my laptop - it has helped me loads. Completing work has been much easier than on my tiny cracked phone screen. It has made a massive difference to me. I feel like everyone else in the class now." Year 10 pupil.

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A huge thank you to our Corporate Supporters.

Gold: Donations of £1,000 or more

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Silver: Donations of £500 

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Bronze: Donations of £200

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