We've gifted ten new laptops to children who have needed IT support with home-schooling during the lockdown.
The laptops have been made available to children living in a Cottsway home who were struggling to access online learning during the pandemic.
We worked with three local schools in Carterton, Chipping Norton and Witney to ensure that the laptops reached those most in need. The schools updated the laptops with the relevant IT systems used by their pupils to ensure easy access to online education.
The laptops have been kindly funded through a £2,000 grant donation from the Travis Perkins Legacy Fund. We are West Oxfordshire ‘s largest housing association, with over 5,000 homes, and Travis Perkins Managed Services provides supplies for our repairs and maintenance team.
Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School in Witney is one of the schools taking part in the scheme. Principal, Mr Daniel O'Connor, said: “Home schooling has provided its own challenges within the pandemic for parents, children and teachers alike so it’s fantastic that Cottsway has helped by providing these additional laptops.”
Sam Stronach, our Community Investment Officer (pictured), said: “We’re committed to supporting our local communities and wanted to do something to help our customers who were struggling to home-school their children due to lack of resources. We’re really pleased we were able to offer these laptops and would like to thank Travis Perkins for their support.”
Martyn Piper, Account Manager at Travis Perkins Managed Services, said “Not everyone had access to the IT equipment needed for home-schooling so we’re delighted that we could support Cottsway with this project. Hopefully by working together we’ve helped make life during lockdown a little easier.”
We also offer a tablet and laptop loan scheme to our customers who do not have online access to help them get involved with us or to seek employment. Currently ten customers are benefitting from this scheme, however, we have a further two devices available.