Draperstown Digital Inclusion Project 2021!

Local Businesses come together to deliver the ‘Draperstown Digital Inclusion Project’

H&A Mechanical Services were delighted to be part of a great initiative ran by Workspace Group!

A number of businesses in the Draperstown area have come together to launch an initiative to help schools tackle digital exclusion for children in the Draperstown and surrounding area.   

The Draperstown Digital Inclusion Project was developed when a principle in the area highlighted that some children were at risk of falling behind in their education because they do not have access to the technology to take part in online lessons during periods of school closures, due to the pandemic.

Responding to the need, the Workspace Group established a consortium of some 18 local business with the aim of raising funding to purchase digital devices for the 8 local schools in the area. The aim of the project was to enable the schools to identify those children who didn’t have access to or had limited access to a suitable digital device to undertake home schooling work. The devices would be gifted to the schools who would then distribute them to children/families as necessary. 

With many parents trying to juggle home schooling with everyday commitments during these already challenging times the local businesses involved welcomed the opportunity to work together and play their part in supporting efforts in making a difference to the local community.

Mr Laurence O’Kane, Chairperson of the Workspace Group, said: “It’s clear that digital exclusion is real issue for many children, not just those who attend schools in our community.  Children have been widely affected by school closures and the lockdowns and with the support of many local businesses this project has allowed us to try to limit the amount of digital exclusion in our community and prevent many children from falling behind their peers.’

The initiative has raised over £27k in funding and as a result has, to date, been able to provide digital devices to over 140 children/families in the area via the 8 local schools, both primary and secondary.