Hundreds of laptops for vulnerable young people in MK

Thursday 25 June 2020

Milton Keynes Council has secured almost 400 new laptops for children and young people via a national government scheme.  The first delivery of 250 laptops arrived this week.

The scheme aims to provide vulnerable young people with access to the internet for communication with their school or social worker.  The laptops will also enable access to crucial educational resources and online learning.

The equipment will be distributed to children with social workers, those leaving care and disadvantaged Year 10 pupils.  In all cases the laptops will be on loan from their school or direct from the council’s social care team.

Distribution of the laptops is already underway via social workers with the second batch of laptops, allocated to maintained secondary schools, expected to arrive by next week.

Councillor Zoe Nolan, Cabinet Member for Children and Families, said: “The last few months have been particularly challenging for some of our most vulnerable families and many are without access to school facilities or technology.  This equipment will help to connect children with their teachers and social workers alongside providing access to so many online resources.  We want all of our young people to have the opportunity to continue their learning.”

Cllr Nolan w/ laptops
(above) Cllr Zoe Nolan taking delivery of the first batch of new laptops