County Council donates 160 laptops to colleges across Essex

Essex County Council (ECC) has donated 160 laptops to colleges across the county with an additional 200 soon to be distributed.

The 160 laptops, which include unused ECC stock and donations, will be given to young people who do not have access to technology.

The further 200 laptops have been purchased from the proceeds of parts of devices that have been donated.

With many places of education opting for a more blended learning offer and homework increasingly becoming an online activity, this will enable these young people to access their school or college work at home.

This latest achievement is part of ECC’s and EOL IT Services’ wider scheme which was launched last month, which sees old unused devices reconditioned and then distributed to families across Essex.

With Libraries currently closed, you won’t be able to donate at these locations at present, but we would ask that if you have an old or unused laptop device gathering dust or hidden away somewhere, please earmark it for our scheme, it will make a real difference.

You can donate a laptop at an Essex County Council building if you are nearby for essential travel purposes. You can donate at:

  • County Hall
  • Goodman House
  • Ely House
  • Magnet House
  • Essex House

We're also asking businesses to donate any unused laptops. If businesses have under 50, they can donate to any of our main buildings. If businesses have over 50 to donate, we can arrange collection. All businesses should email before donating so we can organise storage.

For any other questions about donating, please email

Last updated 11 November 2020