Norfolk IT company campaigns to donate laptops to students

Local IT provider, Onyx IT, has started a fantastic new initiative that repurposes old laptops that otherwise would have been recycled and donates them to local schools for the students to use and take home.

Published in Norfolk Director Magazine Spring | Summer 2023

Giving Back: Onyx IT

Onyx IT is an experienced and professional provider of IT support, services and equipment to businesses throughout Norwich and East Anglia. They supply and install IT infrastructure and services to allow businesses to be more efficient and collaborate, backed up with rapid and reliable IT support.

Rob Taylor, CISO and Managing Director at Onyx IT, explains: “After a conversation with a teacher at a local school, we decided to start a project that repurposes old laptops and donates them to schools for students that don’t have access to technology, to keep and take home.”

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Head of Modern Languages and Literacy Lead at NWHS, Sam Gerrard, accepting a laptop from CISO and Managing Director of Onyx IT Rob Taylor

The reason behind the campaign

This issue was brought to the forefront when Covid hit, as a significant number of families didn’t have the necessary budget to supply their children with laptops. According to research by the Child Poverty Action Group, 40% of low-income families said they were missing at least one essential resource to support their children’s learning during the pandemic.

These donated laptops are being given to students, that have not had access to this level of technology during their learning throughout the pandemic, to take home and use as their own.

Onyx IT have donated 20 laptops so far to North Walsham High School which have been checked, prepared and delivered all free of charge.

Sam Gerrard, Head of Modern Languages and Lead for Literacy at NWHS comments; “We would like to thank Onyx IT for their incredible generosity and their inspirational thinking, which has benefited our students immensely.”

The next step for this initiative is to extend it to other schools in the area. So, if you are interested in this project for your school, or you are another company in the area who wishes to collaborate on this project by donating any unused technology, then please reach out.

E: getintouch@onyx-it.co.uk
Or visit www.onyx-it.co.uk

Main image shows: Kyle, Megan, Emily and Chloe from the NWHS Student Leadership Team accepting laptops on behalf of the school.

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