With lockdown in place, parents across the UK are navigating how to keep their children educated and their families stimulated, entertained and connected. This becomes even more challenging when you don’t have access to a computer or broadband at home, and your only connectivity comes from a Pay As You Go phone.
Wandsworth Council and Battersea Power Station (BPS) have teamed up with local community partners to launch the Power to Connect campaign to raise awareness of the issues around digital exclusion and to support local families across Wandsworth and patients from St George’s NHS Hospital in Tooting, who are struggling to stay connected during the COVID-19 outbreak.
How you can help
At times like this, it is important communities pull together more than ever. Any support you can give will go to those most in need in the local area and will be greatly appreciated. Please find the forms for how to donate or volunteer your time at the bottom of the page.
Laptop & tablet collection drive
The Power to Connect laptop and tablet collection drive has been launched to help local families across Wandsworth and patients from St George’s NHS Hospital in Tooting who are struggling to stay connected. If you own a fully working device that you would be happy to donate, please fill in the Google form below. IT experts will immediately wipe and refurbish the computer so there’s no need to do anything before donating it.
Once the donation form has been completed, we will be in touch with information on how and where to safely leave your device following the Government’s social distancing guidelines.
Emergency phone data top up fund
An Emergency Phone Data Top Up Fund has also been created to support families who have found they are running out of data more quickly than usual during lockdown. Schools across Wandsworth can refer these families to the council, who will distribute the top up vouchers to those in need.
If you would like to make a financial donation to the Power to Connect Fund, managed by local charity Katherine Low Settlement, please click here.
I CAn volunteer my time
This project is being run by volunteers without whom we would not be able to help local families and NHS patients experiencing digital exclusion. We are looking for IT specialists who can donate their time to repurpose the donated computers, as well as volunteers who can safely transport devices to the computer renovation hub either by car, by bike or by walking (not via public transport).
If you would like to volunteer, please fill in the Google form below and our team will be in touch.
"However, the response to Coronavirus requires a collective effort, and I have been hugely impressed to see organisations across the capital pulling together to support the most vulnerable in their communities.
This Power to Connect campaign is another fantastic example of that.”
If you can donate a small amount of your time to help with this project either by putting your IT skills to good use or by helping to transport laptop and tablet donations, please fill in the form below.
If you have a working laptop or tablet that you would be willing to donate to a local family or a patient at St George’s NHS Hospital, please fill in the form below.
HOW TO APPLY
If your child attends a Wandsworth school you may qualify for a data top up voucher, laptop, or tablet. Power to Connect is working in partnership with Wandsworth Council and local schools to provide families with laptops and data vouchers. Currently we are unable to process direct applications from families and other organisations and are only accepting referrals from our partners.
To ensure everyone’s safety we cannot issue devices or top vouchers to anyone who contacts us directly. If you or someone you know is in need, please contact the school attended by the child and they will apply to us on your behalf.
If your circumstances do not allow this, please get in touch with your local councillors or the Wandsworth Information Advice and Support Service who will arrange your referral to us. If you need a device for a child in year 10, you may be eligible for support from the Department for Education’s scheme. To find out more, click here.
If you are from an external organisation and are seeking advice or support on how to help children in your area please get in touch with us firstname.lastname@example.org