High Life Highland Libraries including Dingwall, Invergordon, Ullapool and Fortrose join computer and laptop recycling program for children with additional needs

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Old laptops and PCs can now be donated to more than a dozen libraries in a bid to give more children access to technology.

High Life Highland Libraries (HLH) is accepting donations after teaming up with budding Wick-based engineers to create the program.

The company hopes to give young people digital access and spark interest in STEAM subjects (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics).

June Robertson, HLH Network Senior Librarian, said: “This is a great project to be involved in and we have agreed that 14 of our libraries will be drop off points for anyone wishing to donate their old laptops or PCs to engineering engineers. grass so they can wipe renovate them, then donate them to families in our communities. »

Libraries accepting donations include Culloden, Inverness, Fortrose, Glen Urquhart and Nairn as well as Dingwall, Invergordon, Ullapool, Dornoch, Brora, Grantown, Thurso, Fort William, Portree and Ardnamurchan,

Thanks to Budding Engineers, set up by Dave and Liz Kerr from Caithness, hundreds of devices have already been donated to young people.

Mr Kerr said: “We know there are a lot of young people whose parents simply cannot afford a device. The laptops we refurbish are given with a version of the Linux operating system and we also install several additional educational applications.

“It’s a fun way to learn as it’s in game form and will help them develop their numeracy and literacy skills. All of our devices will be PAT tested before being sent out to families.

“Some of the apps we install are known to help children with additional needs.”


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