UK’s 1st laptop library launches in London for unprivileged children

We are delighted to announce that the CC Foundation has kindly teamed up with totality services to offer children access to computers and IT training. Shockingly, over 80% of children surveyed admit to having no access to technology. Additionally, a staggering 52% shared that they have no internet access at home. In response, our partnership has fortunately helped to create the UK’s first-ever ‘Laptop Library’ for underprivileged children.

What is the ‘Laptop Library’?

Through this initiative we aim to support and educate the nation’s most disadvantaged children and encourage access to technology. Launched by grassroots charity CC Foundation in partnership with leading IT service provider totality services, we will give hundreds of children access to use and borrow laptops.

Survey on children’s access to technology

It comes following a survey of 13,000 children which revealed astounding realities about young children’s access to technology. Firstly, the majority stated that they did not have access to a laptop or computer outside of school. Almost half (42%) also reported having no internet access at home at all. Finally, two thirds of children (63%) have had no education on staying safe online or keeping their information private.

Opportunities for children’s learning

Opening at CC Foundation’s brand-new HQ in Lewisham, the exciting Laptop Library initiative allows children to borrow a laptop for free. This includes giving access to all important technology and IT training in an attempt to up-skill the next generation. Mobile internet is provided both in the library and at home if needed, with a wi-fi dongle. There are also plans to roll the scheme out nationwide.

On the back of this, totality services has committed to a long-term partnership with the foundation. We will offer regular IT training sessions, work experience and an apprenticeship scheme.

Tech Suite at the Laptop Library

totality services has funded the organisation’s ‘Tech Suite’. This is home to the laptops and training sessions in South East London. It is predicted that this year alone over 1,000 children can take advantage of the Laptop Library.

All children will have to do is log out a laptop. Then it’s as simple as taking it home and bringing it back when agreed. Each comes with a wi-fi dongle. This way, no matter what the situation is at home, laptops can still be used to full effect.

Rapper and CC Foundation founder, Fekky, said of the partnership:

“We recognise that the mind-set harvested from low-income socio-economic conditions tends to lead to a lack of motivation, low standards and creates a hunger for comfort at a low cost. We believe that creating the Tech Suite with totality will go a long way in challenging these issues, provide people with the opportunities to see and set high standards for themselves.”

We can’t thank totality services enough for their generosity and helping this dream become a reality. Not only can kids now have access to tech and take it home, but they can do it safely and up-skill thanks to the training sessions and maybe even work for totality in future.”

Luis Navarro, Co-Founder of London’s leading IT support totality services, said:

“When we heard about the CC Foundation and the mission the team is on to help underprivileged children in the UK we wanted to help immediately. The worrying findings from the survey provided a natural role for totality; to provide children with access to tech, the freedom to use it at home but importantly teach them how to use it, securely.

We pride ourselves on our staff training and retention rate and we are extremely excited to work with these children, help educate them on IT security and welcome some at totality for work experience and apprenticeships.”