Laptops for young carers

Laptops for young carers

Many schools have been unable to help all young people with digital access, so we've been working to get them computers.

Lockdown learning

The lockdown has been especially difficult for young carers. Many have had extra responsibilities to take on, and are extra worried about the person they care for. A large number are in households with people who are shielding. And of course, like all of the UK’s children, they’ve not been at school – with many still unable to return.

Laptop shortage

Schooling at home is a challenge. And made harder by living in a household where resources are scarce. Many schools have been unable to help all young people with digital access, so we’ve been working with a range of Surrey’s community groups, to get them computers. We couldn’t have done this alone and have been extremely grateful for the kind help from a host of groups – Rotary, Lions, Soroptomists, and Brownies – to name a few!

We’re delighted to announce that so far we’ve managed to get laptops to 21 of our young carers!

However, we have a short waiting list, and anticipate a lot more demand.

Can you help?

We now want to open up this appeal more widely and are asking people for help by either donating money, or old laptops (which one of the Lions groups will recondition for us).

Go to our laptop appeal on JustGiving

If you’d like to donate a laptop, get in touch via email

I’m a young carer for my big brother – he has Autism and anxiety, he doesn’t leave the house a lot so I love spending time with him. SYC have donated me a Chrome notebook to do my school work and Zoom calls with my class. I’m so happy I can talk to my teachers all the time now and my friends! Thank you!

young carer with laptop

Thank you!

Thank you so much SYC and the Lions, the laptop has helped me so much. I can complete all my school work at home independently now, rather than having to share an old iPad with my brothers - Max

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Community effort

The laptops have been donated or funded by Woking Lions, Woking Soroptimists, Fleet Lions, Staines Rotary, Reigate Rotary, 1st Bramley Brownies and Horley Lions. The Shanly Foundation donated to buy five laptops and others have been funded by EIP payments.

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Can you help us to get laptops to young carers so they can continue schooling and reach their full potential?

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