COMMUNITY Group is delighted to announce our formal partnership with Laptops4Learning.

We are pleased to confirm our working relationship and look forward to bridging the digital divide together.

Laptops4Learning takes redundant technology from businesses and other organisations. They repair and refurbish to give it a second life, both reducing digital poverty and the negative impacts on our environment.

We previously worked together in partnership with our Community Group powered community departments at Esher Rugby and Richmond Rugby. As a result, more than 1,000 laptops were collected and refurbished, and donated to local schools to aid with home schooling.

Developed from before the beginning of the pandemic, Laptops4 Learning has already brought more than 2,000 devices to those in need, enabling communication, learning and engagement for those previously excluded due to digital poverty. They are supported by Veritas Digital Services, whose expertise in data handling ensures all data is erased to HMG Infosec 5 standard (Enhanced), while the provision of certification by serial number covers data breach concerns and GDPR. Laptops4Learning maximise reuse, breaking any unrepairable devices down for spares to increase yields, making more devices available for those in need.

Community Group specialise in forming and operating community departments for clubs, while also developing engaging sports coaching and community engagement programmes both in the UK and internationally. Working in partnership with eight rugby union clubs from the Championship to regional sides, Community Group has established links with hundreds of schools and thousands of people aged 5-65 and over. We deliver Educational Solutions to schools, laptop initiatives, further education courses, key projects such as in prison rugby coaching, wheelchair rugby, walking rugby and wider community activities.

Community Group and Laptops4Learning are culturally aligned to supporting the communities we work with. We share a common passion in providing opportunities for those who may have previously not had access to laptops to support their education, homeworking, and retaining relationships with friends.

Community Group Managing Director, Simon Price, said: “We are delighted to partner with Laptops4Learning who share our vision to support our wider communities to bridge that digital divide, ensuring that as many families as possible have access. Having worked previously with Sue and the team, we have seen first-hand the tremendous impact laptops can provide and our objective is to help as many families as we can.”

Sue Gowling, Founder of Laptops4Learning, added: “Laptops4Learning is delighted to be partnering with Community Group to bring sustainable tech to those in need. With our expertise in repair and refurbishment and Community Group’s links into the rugby world, business and local communities, together we can scale up delivery of devices to the vulnerable and forgotten, and improve their life chances through digital inclusion.”