Young people can stay connected and active this summer

Young people can stay connected and active this summer
03 July 2020

Darlington youngsters are benefiting from a government scheme to provide laptop computers for vulnerable children and young people.

The Department for Education (DfE) has allocated 410 laptops to Darlington Borough Council, and the first of these are being distributed this week.

The aim of the scheme is to enable eligible children and young people to access online learning, as well as keeping in touch with their social worker.

As an added bonus, the council has also sourced 150 sets of sports equipment from Tees Valley Sport, which will be available to collect at the same time as the laptops.

They include tennis racquets, balls, cones and bean bags, as well as suggested games and activity cards to help the recipients stay active this summer.

Those eligible for a laptop include care leavers and children with a social worker.

Councillor Jon Clarke, Darlington Borough Council’s Cabinet member for Children and Young People, said: “Like the government, this council is committed to ensuring that children do not fall behind as a result of coronavirus, regardless of their background.

“I am proud that the council has been able to deliver the first batch of laptops to children and young people who need them.

“I hope the young people get lot of use out of their laptops and I would be pleased to hear how they are getting on with them.”