Digital Enablement

Led By: Hasmukh S Patel (Husky)

Vision & Mission

Providing access to technology and support to students & vulnerable adults that will enable the students to continue digital learning from home and allow the adults to stay digitally connected with family, friends and assist in their daily routine, like online shopping, prescription ordering and job applications.

We at Shaping Portsmouth understand & value that every child in this city needs to continue their education, for their future and for their wellbeing & for the adults to stay connected and be part of the community. Therefore, we need your help in and support to ensure that the programme is fulfilling it’s mission..

Our commitment to provide devices to adults is in collaboration with the Hive. Our aim is to support vulnerable adults in our community by giving them digital access. Whether that’s to keep up with the news, speak to loved ones, apply for job roles, order repeat prescriptions or secure their weekly online food shop. Our mission is to provide as many families as possible with a device and internet access.

What has been provided so far…

Portsmouth schools have made enormous strides over the last few months in developing their remote offer to pupils, developing their skills and producing live and recorded lessons, introducing welfare calls and group sessions. They have also introduced a wide range of apps to make it easier for teachers, pupils and parents to communicate whilst children are not in school. This trend of Digital Learning is here to stay and growing, therefore, the need for devices will always be there and growing.

The work that the Government, Portsmouth City Council and individual schools, and the Academy Trusts have done to increase access to devices mean that these arrangements generally work very well. However, the new national lockdowns and closure of schools has brought a new level of challenges & new way of working practices which are set to stay post COVID-19. With many families sharing a single device or relying on a pay-as-you-use mobile phone to access children’s work for the day, the need for devices is fast becoming critical part of schooling, it is the new text book that every student must have.

We are seeking both donations of new or second-hand devices that your company or you personally have no longer a use for, or a cash contribution that can be used to purchase additional devices to meet the demand.

A very wide range of working devices are needed by our schools and families:

  • Tablets giving internet access are extremely useful for younger primary pupils.
  • Chrome books and laptops are most useful for older primary and secondary age pupils.
  • Desktop computers will also be useful for some older children who have a desk space for these.

Please note:

  • All devices must be fully functional (power into OS) and have any BIOS passwords removed.
  • Any Apple devices must be removed from your iCloud account, MDM (Mobile Device Management) or DEP (Device Enrolment Program) management systems.
  • All devices preferably to come with suitable cables and charger (e.g., USB cable and charger)

Next Steps:

To donate device(s), please email with a list of your donated equipment and we will get in touch on how to get the device(s) to us.

Thank you in advance for your support.


Bridging Portsmouth’s Digital Divide is delivered in partnership with:




We would like to thank the organisations below for donating £100 or more to our Crowdfunder campaign:



Thanks to everyone’s generous donations we raised £5,250 raised, plus an estimated £590 via Gift Aid, to help us provide devices and internet access to those who need it most.


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Always looking for people

If you’d like to join this programme, send us an email and let us know a bit about yourself.