GMI Construction Group has donated 10 refurbished laptops to Durham County Council’s care leavers service, which aims to support young people as they transition towards leading independent lives.
Committed to supporting care leavers since signing the Care Leaver Employment Charter, part of the Care Leaver Covenant, GMI is delivering a range of support that includes providing work experience placements as well as employment and workshops.
In addition, the company, which has an office in Stockton-on-Tees, is distributing a further 40 refurbished laptops to other organisations that support care leavers, across the North West, Yorkshire and the Midlands.
Claire Preston, Head of Responsible Business at GMI, said: “I’m extremely passionate about the Care Leaver Covenant, having been involved with the CLC since September 2018, so it’s great that we can provide extra resources for young care leavers by donating these laptops.
“We are committed to supporting and encouraging care leavers to gain the necessary skills on their journey to fulfilling their potential.”
The first care leaver to receive their laptop is currently completing an apprenticeship, and this new equipment will enhance her ability to do her coursework remotely and at home.
Cllr Ted Henderson, Durham County Council’s Cabinet member for children and young people’s services, said: “We are grateful to GMI for this kind donation. These laptops will provide our care leavers with the opportunity to develop their skills and supports our commitment to ensuring they can live independent lives after care. We aim to make sure our care leavers feel safe and supported, and offer a range of help with education, training and finances.”
Adam Wozniak, GMI’s IT Lead, who together with Technology Director Thomas West sourced the laptops from within the company, said: “Having access to the right tech is vital for care leavers in their transition to establishing an independent life. We are proud to offer such practical support as many can’t always afford a laptop at a time when many are preparing to go into further education or to enter the world of work.”