Warwickshire County Council laptop giveaway – North Warks / Nuneaton and Bedworth

During November, Warwickshire County Council gave away 120 used council laptops to community groups and organisations across the county. They were encouraged to apply for the laptops, demonstrating how the laptops would be used for the benefit of the public.

In Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough, 29 laptops were awarded to a wide range of community organisations working to support and improve the quality of life and health and wellbeing of people living in Nuneaton and Bedworth. Each group received one laptop with the exception of the Nuneaton, Bedworth & District Mencap Society, who received four laptops to help replace seven training laptops that are no longer fit for purpose. The Society, which is based at Chetwynd House, the Parade, Nuneaton, provides a range of activities for young people with learning disabilities, including computer training. The laptops were presented to the Chair of the Nuneaton, Bedworth & District branch, Mr Ian Rothwell, by Chair of Warwickshire County Council Bob Hicks on 1st November 2016.

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Picturing from left to right: Mr Ian Rothwell, Cllr Bob Hicks and John Neale.

Another group to receive a laptop was the Whitestone Silver Surfers Group, organised and run by the Whitestone Patient Participation Group. The laptop was presented to the group on 6th December 2016 by local County Councillor Jeff Morgan.

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Pictured left to right are: Cllr Jeff Morgan, Chair of Whitestone Patient Participation Group Di Kent, Tom Constable (Silver Surfers Club organiser) and Hay Sharma, Vice Chair of the Patient Participation Group.

On 25th November a group presentation was made at the Mayors Café, Miners Welfare Park in Bedworth, to a number of Bedworth community groups that had been awarded laptops. Bedworth County Councillors Julie Jackson, Brian Hawkes and Richard Chattaway handed over the laptops and expressed their gratitude for the work being done by the seven community based organisations.

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Pictured left to right are: Cllr Chattaway, Cllr Julie Jackson and Cllr Hawkes, together with representatives from local community organisations awarded laptops.

Bedworth groups awarded:

  • All Saints Church
  • PPG Bedworth health centre
  • Marston lane Community Allotment Association
  • Parachute Regiment
  • Tom Ellis Court Residents Association
  • Bowling Green Lane Allotments
  • Misfits Streets project (Life Church)

Cllr Jeff Clarke, Warwickshire County Council’s Portfolio Holder for Environment, said: “We have received very positive feedback from the community organisations who have received our re-cycled laptops and they are putting them to very good use across the County. Technology plays a key part in delivering community services and I am pleased we are making these resources available to support our worthy community-based organisations”.

Cllr Philip Johnson, added: “I am pleased with the allocation of laptops that has taken place across the County. They are a valuable asset and these have gone to organisations that clearly are working hard to support local communities. I know they will be making very good use of these laptops and this is a good way of making the very most of County Council resources”.