Laptop lending scheme goes live

Do you or someone you know need help getting online? Trafford Libraries have announced a new laptop lending scheme to enable people who do not have their own device to get online and access digital services.

The scheme is open to all Trafford residents aged over 16 and is completely free. The only requirement is to be a Trafford Libraries member, which is a straightforward process and can be done at the same time as reserving a laptop. The standard loan period is set at 3 weeks, but longer loans for a specific purpose, such as attending a training course, may also be possible.

Anyone interested in the scheme should call 0161 912 3189 and a member of the Libraries team will be happy to help. Don’t worry if you do not have an internet connection at home. Those without Wi-Fi can also borrow 4G routers as part of the scheme to enable connection to the internet. If you need help getting started, assistance is available from one of Trafford’s Digital Champions, who are available to give practical advice and guidance on laptop usage. Full details can be found on the Council website.

Cllr Liz Patel, Trafford’s Executive Member for Culture and Leisure said:

“Not being able to get on-line can be a serious barrier to staying connected with friends and family, looking for work or using Council services. As the Covid-19 pandemic has required us all to stay at home, this has only widened the gap between those who have and those who do not have the skills or equipment to access the internet.

We’re therefore delighted to launch our free laptop lending scheme, and would ask everyone to help spread the word about it. If you have a family member, friend or neighbour in Trafford who would benefit from the loan of a laptop, please tell them about this opportunity and ask them to get in touch.

Our brilliant Digital Champions can help people get started and get them confident with using the laptop. Making sure more of our residents are on-line is one of the Council’s priorities. We want to help residents who are struggling because they don’t have the right equipment or know-how, ensuring we continue to look out for those who need our help the most.”

Annie, aged 63, from Sale, said:

“I’m a people person and hate all things IT and gadgets, but my Digital Champion Chris is the perfect teacher. He uses no digital jargon and goes at the perfect pace for me. I’m really enjoying it and understanding it more. I just can’t wait for my next IT lesson.”

Posted on Friday 26th March 2021