Swindon MP works with council on schools and charities laptop scheme

By Barrie Hudson - 11 May 2022

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  • Some of the machines donated to The Shop

    Some of the machines donated to The Shop

South Swindon MP Sir Robert Buckland has announced the latest progress in his Laptops for Local Schools and Charities Scheme.

He is now working closely with Paula Nunnery, Digital Inclusion Lead at Swindon Borough Council.

Following a generous donation of laptops from Catalent, local business, Excalibur have refurbished the devices, which were then donated to The Shop in Cavendish Square. 

The Shop is a charitable organisation which provides affordable goods for the local community, as well as local events in Park South.

He said: “I am extremely proud of this successful scheme, which has been extended to benefit local charities as well as school pupils here in the town.

"I am very grateful to all of those local residents and businesses who have donated devices, not to mention the brilliant teams at Excalibur and SP Computers who have stepped up at such a difficult time and repaired hundreds of devices.

“I am calling for residents and businesses here in Swindon who have unwanted or unused devices to get in touch so that these can be put to good use.

“I am also calling for local charities to get in touch if they could benefit from a refurbished device.”

The laptops donated to The Shop will be used for drop in sessions, to help people access their emails, book tests and appointments online, and provide support to children due to start secondary school in September, such as by helping in accessing timetables and paying for school activities, as well as lunches.

It was in January of last year that Sir Robert began the Laptops for Local Schools Campaign to run alongside the Government's Get Help With Technology Scheme.

The campaign called for local people and businesses to donate unused laptops so that these could be used by children for homeschooling during covid.

Local businesses SP Computers and Excalibur Communications took in donated devices and refurbished these ready for pupils to use.

In May of last year the MP decided to extend the successful green scheme so that local charities could also benefit from donated laptops.

Less than a month later, Swindon MS and Neuro Therapy Centre became the first Swindon charity to received four refurbished laptops.

Several other local charities have also benefitted from donated laptops from the scheme, including most recently Dressability.

More information about this campaign can be found at https://www.robertbuckland.co.uk/campaigns/laptops-local-schools-and-charities-campaign

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