Loan a Laptop Program Connecting The Community

October 14th, 2020

Casey Cardinia Libraries were recently in the local news for our Loan a Laptop or Computer program.

CCL along with three other community organisations have joined forces to help locals bridge the digital divide.  The Hills Hub, Casey Cardinia Libraries Emerald and Echo Youth and Family Services are getting Emerald residents online with a new laptop loan program.

With one in seven Victorians without access to internet at home, laptops are available to borrow from the Emerald Library for up to three months. This will mean community members can get connected digitally with family and friends and access online support services and activities. A free mentoring program where participants are matched with a trained IT buddy/mentor is also on offer.

Older residents and low-income families are more likely to be socially isolated and disadvantaged during the coronavirus pandemic due to a lack of access to the internet and a device such as a laptop.

Mentors provide one-on-one support to assist participants to use their laptop and access online support services. A limited number of pre-paid wifi devices have also been donated by St Marks Emerald for eligible participants who do not have internet available at home.

“We are delighted to be working in partnership with the Hills Hub to get people connected,” Casey Cardinia Libraries CEO Chris Buckingham said.  “The Emerald Library has traditionally offered free wi-fi and access to PCs, while our branch remains closed to the community, this project helps people get online.”