Press Release: November 26, 2020
1,000 Laptops & Tablets Provided to Disadvantaged Children by Dons Local Action Group
Dons Local Action Group have provided 1,000 devices to children experiencing digital poverty through their Keep Kids Connected initiative. The scheme was launched in April to address the urgent need for devices to allow children to learn from home during lockdown. The initiative is now focused on addressing long term issues of digital inequality, supporting families who are not reached by the government's schemes.
Given the increasing reliance on online learning, there is an increased need to close the digital divide.That’s why Dons Local Action Group are determined to do everything possible to get as many laptops as possible for the pupils who need them, not only now but also to enhance their access to online learning at home throughout their education.
After months of collecting unused devices from within the local community Dons Local Action Group are proud to have reached the 1,000 mark, which highlights the need for the Keep Kids Connected initiative.
Debbie Fossie of Kings Oak Primary School in Kingston praised the initiative “DLAG have made a massive difference to children that are trying so hard to keep up with their work and stay connected to their teachers and classmates.”
Leader of The Liberal Democrats, Ed Davey encouraged others to keep the momentum going and keep donating. “KKC (Keep Kids Connected) is inspirational and exactly what the community needs now. If you have a spare laptop hanging around please let them have it, it could change a child’s life."
Fleur Anderson, Labour MP for Putney, Roehampton and Southfields said “Keep Kids Connected have showcased the very best of our community in these challenging times.”
The Conservative MP for Wimbledon, Stephen Hammond said “The ‘Keep Kids Connected’ project is just one example of their (Dons Local Action Group) amazing work, ensuring children are not disadvantaged if they cannot attend school in person. They have recently distributed their 1000th laptop, which means 1000 children will have better access to education in these difficult times
Xavier Wiggins, co-founder of Dons Local Action Group added “We are very grateful to everyone that has donated devices and helped us provide vital support to children during the pandemic. It’s a great start but we know there is still so much work to do. Each device we receive will enable children and families, who may have otherwise been overlooked, to have a fair education.”
NOTES TO EDITOR
2,000 volunteer hours spent collecting, refurbishing and delivering devices
£250k worth of equivalent tech funding provided to local schools
113 schools and 39 organisations benefited
Dons Location Action Group is a local network of volunteers who have been working tirelessly over the last few months to support our local communities and to fight poverty and isolation. Formed in response of the Covid-19 crisis by a few AFC Wimbledon fans, the organisation has grown rapidly joined by hundreds of fans and non-fans alike, and now has over 1,600 registered volunteers. They provide food parcels, household goods, furniture and appliances as well as laptops through their Keep Kids Connected initiative for children across the boroughs of Merton,Wandsworth and Kingston.