20th May 2021
THE Welsh Ambulance Service donated more than 100 of its old computers to help schoolchildren in South Wales with remote learning through Covid-19.
Tens of thousands of children in Wales had to study from home when schools closed their doors through the pandemic – but not all families had a computer.
The Trust was one of 20 organisations who answered a call for surplus ICT equipment which could be put to good use, and donated 107 of its ‘pre-loved’ computers and laptops to the cause.
Nicola Stephens, the Welsh Ambulance Service’s Estates Officer and Environmental Specialist, said: “The pandemic meant we had to make huge changes, not just as an emergency service but as a society.
“The support we had from the public was overwhelming, and this was our way of paying something back, a small token of our appreciation.
“We could help, so we did, and hopefully among the recipients there are pupils who one day might consider a career in the ambulance service.
“As an organisation we are very aware of our environmental impact, and being able to re-use this equipment rather than recycle it is a small but positive step.”
The Trust joined forces with A & LH Environmental Services Ltd to refurbish the old equipment, which was wiped completely clean of secure data prior to distribution.
Alun Haines, Managing Director of A & LH Environmental Services Ltd, said: “To us, it seemed like the obvious way to help during a really tough year.
“We have the capabilities to ensure the equipment was completely data clear and tested before passing it to the Vale of Glamorgan Council to distribute among schools.
“With the help of the Welsh Ambulance Service and the Vale of Glamorgan Council, we’ve been able to help lots of children to continue learning, and we will continue to help where we can.”
Among the schools gifted with equipment was Barry’s Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Morgannwg.
Head teacher Rhys Angell-Jones said: “As the school continues to develop, technology has been at the forefront in our education and provision and as a school we promote our pupils to be digital leaders.
“We are extremely grateful for this donation which will have a direct impact on our pupils' progress.
“Thank you for this kind donation.”
Digital Leader Dilwyn Owen added: “We are delighted to receive these computers from the ambulance service.
“Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Morgannwg prides itself on our use of IT within the curriculum.
“Blended learning over the past year has reinforced our vision of a device for all pupils.
“These tools will improve our provision within the school and bring the reality of a digital curriculum closer.”
ICT equipment was distributed to schools via local authorities.
Councillor Lis Burnett, Vale of Glamorgan Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Regeneration, said: “We’d like to thank the Welsh Ambulance Service and A & LH Environmental Services Ltd for these computers, which I’m sure will be of huge benefit to the pupils that use them.
“A range of ICT equipment has been donated by companies during the pandemic.
“This has helped support home learning for pupils and school staff and also provided extra resources for the classroom.”
Please call Head of Communications Lois.Hough@wales.nhs.uk on 07866887559 for more information.