Part of Suncredit's Giving Back scheme is the community benefit fund which has been invested into our future.
The computers are set to help children who wouldn't otherwise have access to a computer at home
Left to right, Litchard Primary School pupils Demi Wallis, 11, Kasey Harris, 11, Shannon Telling, 11, Roxanne Hooper, seven, and Nathan Telling, 10, were among 50 pupils presented with Dell laptops
Fifty school pupils in Bridgend have been presented with their own laptop computers under an innovative new scheme.
Concerned at reports that bright children excelling at IT in school were “falling back” with their homework because they did not have access to a computer at home, Councillors Peter Foley and Roger Marsh decided to act.
Knowing that the Wildmill Community Centre in Wildmill, Bridgend, had just been given a £55,000 grant by solar farm company Suncredit, who had laid cables in the area, they applied for a chunk of the cash.
Through the Bridgend Association of Voluntary Organisations , which administered the grant, they received £8,500 which has purchased the refurbished Dell laptops from the community regeneration charity NSA Afan PCCARE in Port Talbot.
'This says a lot about your community'
The computers, which are guaranteed for 12 months and come complete with Windows 7 and Office 10, were presented to children from Wildmill who attend Litchard Primary School and Brynteg School last Thursday.
Fifty pupils who live in Wildmill, Bridgend, and attend Litchard and Brynteg schools received their own Dell laptop computers. They are pictured with Councillors Peter Foley and Roger Marsh, right
Addressing parents and pupils at the presentation in Brynteg School, Alison Grabham, Brynteg’s deputy headteacher, said: “I think it says a lot about your community that councillors Foley and Marsh have decided that the best way to spend this money is on the children.”
Coun Foley said: “Plans for the future of education in Wales have massively increased emphasis on what is referred to as digital competence in all subject areas – a major leap forward which nevertheless risks leaving Wildmill children without home computers even further behind.
“To monitor the effects of this scheme, we hope to involve the University of South Wales, to establish empirically that children involved in this distribution of PCs have directly benefited from having their very own computer at home.”
Coun Foley said he is now working with Coun Marsh on securing more funding and more laptops.
Mum Rachel Jubin, who has six children, said her three eldest had been fighting over the use of one laptop computer at home, but have now received one each thanks to the scheme.