Friday, 5 February, 2021
Although Surrey Heath could be perceived as a generally wealthy area, over the past decade pockets of poverty have consistently registered on indexes such as the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment.
In January 2020 this was highlighted in a paper considered by the Council, and since then, especially with the Covid-19 pandemic it has become clear that the traditional areas of poverty have changed and are continuing to change due to its impact upon employment.
In autumn 2020 a Working Group was formed comprising of elected members, voluntary and statutory organisations, chaired by Councillor Shaun Garrett.
One of the Poverty Group’s first actions was to host a consultation exercise with the community in December.
Listening to the feedback received, the group have since supported local initiatives in different ways - including funding streams such as the Emergency Food Poverty Scheme for organisations helping those in hardship in the Borough.
It was through this group that the issue was raised of a lack of IT equipment for home schooling, particularly with families who had experienced a loss of income in the pandemic.
The Frimley Fuel Allotments and Parish Councils are among those who have made funds available to assist with the supply of equipment to schools within their wards.
The Council has sought to help with this to meet gaps locally, by offering recycled monitors, keyboards, mice, and PCs, with Microsoft 10 installed.
SHBC also had a limited number of laptops available, which were presented to Crawley Ridge Infant School by Chris Gillman from our IT team on Wednesday 3 February.
Special thanks go to James Rutter, Stuart Field and Chris Gillman from SHBC’s IT Department for refurbishing the equipment.
If you know of any schools within Surrey Heath that need help in this area, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org