Welcome to
Plug the Gap

An appeal to get technology to the young people across Norfolk that need it most.

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What we do

Sadly, there are always young people who fall through the gaps in the available support. From young carers to children with complex needs; care leavers to those who have recently left school; our Plug the Gap initiative works with local organisations to identify families and young people facing multiple disadvantages who have not been allocated a device through school or existing government provisions.

The aim of the Plug the Gap Appeal is to raise money, procure and distribute brand new laptops for young people across Norfolk who need them the most due to the increasing digital divide and the reliance on these devices to be able to learn remotely in these new times.

R, 17

R is 17 lives with their three younger siblings and is currently studying graphics. They requested a device because the laptop they had at the time had to be shared with their other siblings and was extremely old. As a graphic designer and illustrator with ambitions of completing their course and continuing to higher education, they needed a laptop that can keep up with the demands of their courses. Their course needs them to be able to run design software, access remote learning and physically having the storage needed for their work. I hope that this device will now be able to see them through to starting university.

“Basically, I’ve been able to get a lot more work completed with it being able to handle the programs I need being a graphic student. Furthermore, my online classes are no longer crashing and running smoothly, meaning I’ve been able to participate more. I have also been able to play more with my friends, which has really boosted my mental health as cheesy as it sounds as I’m interacting with people more.” - R

(To protect privacy all names have been changed)

M, 14

M is 14 and a young carer. They are currently at school and during the lockdowns had to navigate care responsibilities, school and sharing resources with their siblings. Initially granted a laptop from school, the device had missing keys and severe connectivity issues, causing them to struggle to keep up with online learning which added to the stresses they were facing. As the laptop had to be returned when schools opened again, they were left technologically impoverished without access to online resources. Even with schools returning face to face, there is still a need for access to educational resources online during periods of COVID isolation. Many other projects and activities they are a part of are still operating online to mitigate the risks of COVID19 transmission.

"The laptop has helped me stay on top of schoolwork during isolation periods as well as revision! It’s also helped me keep in contact with my friends during the pandemic!" - M

(To protect privacy all names have been changed)

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