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COVID-19: donate or receive FREE laptops and internet access for home learning


Donate devices to help children learn from home

Do you have any devices you could donate to help children and young people who are learning from home?

Local businesses and individuals have been incredibly kind in either donating financially or donating devices. This means we’re helping children and young people across the borough to learn from home now and for years to come.

How to donate

Please email us if you've something you can donate.

You can donate:

  • Any new or second-hand laptop, computer, mobile phone or tablet - as long as it's in good working order and can still be used.
  • Money which will go directly towards the purchase of a new laptop.
Email if you've a device you can donate

Why we need more devices

Learning from home is hard. It's even harder if you live in a household without a laptop or tablet. Since the start of the pandemic, schools across the borough have received over 5,000 devices from the Department for Education, but we need more. We've worked out there's still a shortage of just over 800 devices.

Example of how your donations help - Castleton Primary School

Castleton Primary School students with their new laptops.

Local company, Farrel’s, donated money that enabled Castleton Primary School to purchase 12 brand new laptops for pupils. They have also received 10 new laptops and digital accessories as part of ASDA’s ‘Laptops for Learning’ campaign.

Lindsay Torrance, Headteacher at Castleton Primary School, said: “We received such a generous donation from local company, and neighbour, Farrel’s and it will make a positive difference to many of our children and families for a long time. We are so incredibly grateful.”

Get FREE laptops, tablets or internet access

The government is providing laptops, tablets and internet access to help children and families access remote education during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Laptops and tablets from the government

The Department for Education (DfE) is providing laptops and tablets to schools to help children and families access remote education during coronavirus (COVID-19). They’re also helping disadvantaged children who need an internet connection to get internet access.

Internet access from the government

Children up to 16 years old or care leavers up to 25 years old may be eligible to receive FREE internet access from the government. This is open to students who don't have access to broadband at home.

You may be offered a voucher to access a BT WiFi hotspot for FREE. If you don't have access to a BT hotspot, you may receive an increase to your existing mobile data allowance instead.

How to apply for laptops, tablets or internet access

Please contact your school directly to find out how to apply and what the next steps are.

What to do if you're not eligible

Young people aged 16-19 may be eligible for support through the government's 16 to 19 Bursary Fund.

Previous support for vulnerable children from the government

The Department of Education also gave out 200,000 laptops and 4G wireless routes from May-July 2020. These were given to students in year 10 who received free school meals, care leavers and young people who receive support from a social worker.


​0300 303 8801

Phone: Monday-Friday 8.30am-4.45pm.

Early Help and Schools
Floor 4
​Number One Riverside
Smith Street
Rochdale OL16 1XU

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