Help with home-schooling: donate your old laptops

11 February 2021

Amethyst have already provided two schools with devices during the pandemic


Up to a million school children are believed to be struggling during lockdown as they still don’t have access to a laptop.

Despite the government’s pledge to provide devices to all those who need them, Ofcom estimated there were 1.78 million children in the UK without a device for online learning last year. Unlike in the first lockdown, schools now are required to provide three to five hours of online lessons per day.

Businesses across the UK have been helping with the shortfall; Amethyst is pleased to have already donated two laptops directly to local schools and plans to donate more in the local area in the near future.

If you’d like to donate or recycle your old device, it’s essential that you wipe your hard drive thoroughly first. Laptops will often contain sensitive information , such as passwords, account numbers and personal details; it’s not enough to just delete old files.

Some charities will help wipe and share the laptops for you, others will recycle or resell any redundant or spare devices to help fund new ones, while others will simply link individuals and businesses with schools in their area that are accepting donations.

The BBC’s Give a Laptop scheme has helped members of the public donate thousands of old laptops and tablets for schoolchildren to use across England. BBC local radio stations are helping to link devices and the children who may need them the most in your area:  - Accept donations from UK businesses - Accept donations from businesses across the UK to be  matched with requests on the National Business Response Network - Link individuals and businesses in England with schools  in their area that are accepting donations - Accept donations from businesses (devices seven years old or less) to schools in the UK.

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