Laptops for Carers
An opportunity thanks to Wigan Council that could make a real difference to many carers
Would a laptop computer be helpful to you?
Would you find it difficult to afford to buy a device yourself?
Being digitally included is such an important aspect of modern-day life supporting people to connect, take part in online activities, digital events, and access a wealth of information. Many people who care for someone can feel socially isolated, lonely and unsupported. Often they can’t leave the person they care for, and replacement care is too expensive, which means that meeting up with friends, or even a relaxing walk around the shops, is impossible for them.
- Having a device such as a laptop can be so beneficial for carers such as:
- Browsing and ordering your shopping from home
- Finding out about health concerns, order prescriptions and booking appointments
- Chat to your relations and friends via Zoom
- Join Carers support groups, and link in to all the on-line help available for carers
- Contact friends on social media
- Relax with a game you enjoy, or find out about your favourite hobby
Wigan Council has made an investment into reconditioning a number of laptops / 2 in 1 devices which are being made available for people who meet a specific criteria to access- including unpaid carers.
This programme is part of the Council’s commitment to supporting local residents who would otherwise not be able to access these devices for a number of reasons, it is also a key part of our commitment to the Green Agenda and ensuring devices do not end up in landfill.
Carers can complete an application form (available from us) for consideration of a laptop/2-in 1-device being offered to them as a gift and return the application form to CarersMailbox@wigan.gov.uk.
If the carer is unable to access email, then they can return the application form to Wigan and Leigh Carers Centre and we will ensure it is passed over to the Council.
Please contact us for more information and to discuss your needs.
Carers can contact us directly, or a friend relative, or professional can get in touch on your behalf.
Telephone 01942 697885 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org and mention ‘Laptops for Carers’
Please note: eligibility criteria applies and limited supplies