Power To Connect was set up as a joint initiative between Battersea Power Station and Wandsworth Council as a direct response to the COVID19 Crisis. Local schools close to Battersea Power Station shared their concern for families struggling to homeschool their children without suitable devices or access to the internet. BSP established Power To Connect as a donation scheme for people to give their old unused devices and update them into Google Chromebooks with the support of IT Volunteers and then deliver them to local schools. Battersea Power Station Foundation granted £10,000 for families to access data vouchers and dongles to connect to the internet and support homeschooling.
Devices are given to local schools based on Pupil Premium Data (this relates to families on free school meals). Schools are in charge of allocating the devices to families who are most in need. There are an estimated 6000 families on free school meals in Wandsworth alone.
- 1230 Devices have been donated
- 1210 Devices Updated & Delivered to local schools + Community Organisations
- 76 Schools have received devices
- 65 Volunteers have signed up to support
We are accepting donations on Tuesdays between 10 am – 11am at The Rose Centre. Please fill in our donation form and we will contact you providing the address & directions.
Once we have the laptops, we take steps to render any data on the device effectively inaccessible (“hard drive partitioning”) and then replace the operating system to turn the laptops into Chromebooks,. Once the laptops are updated into Chromebooks, the new user needs to log into the laptop using a Gmail address. Before the devices go to schools, they are checked by two of our IT Team before they are cleaned again and bagged up.
Yes absolutely, if you don’t have a device you can donate cash here: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/power2connect
Is it possible to find someone in your organisation who can go safely into your office to collect the devices? If not, please let us know when people may be returning to your office and we will be in touch then. Please keep Power To Connect in mind in the future, when your company is updating employee laptops, we can safely recycle the laptops and get them to families who need them locally.
Yes, we can collect donations, if there is a significant number of devices, ideally 20+. We also have a drop-off point at The Rose Centre in Nine Elms Battersea. Drop off days are Tuesdays between 10am – 12pm.
Yes, ideally laptops are no more than 8 years old with a complete charger. If the devices are in good condition, we can source additional chargers.
Yes, at the moment we only deliver in Wandsworth.