Oldham Volkwagen provides education boost thanks to laptops gift
Date published: 12 February 2021
Gary Wood (business manager, Oldham Volkswagen) with Carla Dickinson from Homestart collecting the laptops
Family-owned Oldham Volkswagen has shown its support to families in the Borough thanks to a gift of 24 Hewlett Packard laptops offered to children who otherwise would continue to struggle with access to education, both during the lockdowns and going forwards.
The gifts on behalf of Oldham Volkswagen have been delivered to local charity Home-Start HOST, in a covid-secure way.
Home-Start HOST will ensure safe delivery of this vital equipment, to the children in Oldham that need them the most.
During the global pandemic, the majority of children across the world have been unable to physically attend school, and education providers have had to move to emergency remote learning.
In the UK, this has led to education primarily being delivered as online learning.
For those children without access to appropriate technology, this can lead on to significant and possibly long-term disadvantages.
Swansway Group, which owns Oldham Volkswagen, has a long history of investing in the areas where it does business, and was keen to help close the gap in Oldham.
Director David Smyth said of the initiative: “As a family-owned business, we are very grateful to all Oldham customers for the support they have shown us since we acquired Oldham Volkswagen in October 2020.
"And this is a way we can give back to this community that has welcomed us so warmly. COVID-19 has put a stop to so many things, but we are determined to help where we can, so that Oldham’s children’s learning is not disrupted any more than is absolutely necessary.
"We all know that this year, for so many, the need for family support has never been higher.
"We were delighted to be able to donate these laptops, which are after all a gateway to learning in 2021, as a gift from our family to the families in need.
"And hopefully, if there are other businesses that are in a position to do so, they will be encouraged to do the same.”
Sarah Cook, CEO at Home-Start HOST, said: “As a family support charity our work has never been more needed than during the last 12 months.
"We have helped many families to access food and essentials and have been able to provide toys and activity packs to help to keep children occupied, as well as providing much-needed emotional support and reassurance to parents who are often feeling overwhelmed and increasingly isolated.
"We were very grateful for Swansway’s generous donation of toys at Christmas, and to now be able to help our most disadvantaged families by providing laptops is simply fantastic and something that we know will make a huge difference to our children and their education.”
This is the second joint venture Swansway Group has undertaken with both Home-Start HOST, which supports local families living in poverty.
In December, Swansway Group delivered hundreds of Christmas gifts to Oldham families, to try to ensure that every child had a gift to open on Christmas Day.
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