“Our City Together - Digital Inclusion Campaign”

Since early May GSAP were made aware and very concerned, that many of our young children living within the Ballyarnett DEA and all areas of the city have not been able to continue their learning, due to the lack of IT equipment and access to broadband within their home.  

The local Covid 19 Ballyarnett  DEA Community Support Team and ETHOS Family Support Hub have also been inundated with requests from individuals and families ringing our community helpline, contacting the local ETHOS family Support Hub and contacting the school principals for IT support so their children can access google classroom, online learning resources etc. now and over the summer months.

As a result, GSAP Lead by Pat Carlin 'GSAP Family Connect' Co-ordinator made an appeal to acquire laptops, reconditioned or new for all children and young people in our City who are impacted upon by Digital Poverty.

To date, through support from Ulster University & Santander Universities, Allstate, Save the Children/Panasonic, Lisahally Power Station, Johnny Mc Daid, Seagate & Sister Deirdre Mullan we have been able to distribute laptops to local schools for distribution to children and young people in need.

10 Schools received laptops in June/July for distribution to identified children/young people in need:

Steelstown PS, St Paul's PS, St Therese PS, St Patrick's PS, Hollybush PS, St Columb's College, St Brigid's PS, Greenhaw PS, Thornhill & St Brigid's College, 

'Thank you to Pat, Ciara and all the team in GSAP for your support over the months during the COVID pandemic. We appreciate the digital support network. The equipment has benefitted the family immensely. You indeed are making a difference'

Siobhan Gillen. Principal of Steelstown PS. 

'Thanks to GSAP we have been able to help a very grateful wee boy in P6 who was unable to keep up with online learning because his elder sister also needed the only device they had at home for her Post Primary work. His mum met me in the playground just yesterday to report that he has been so dedicated to his online studies as a result of this amazing support. She is over the moon about the support from GSAP and we feel the laptop couldn't have gone to a better home. Thank you so much!    

Gareth Blackerly, Principal St Paul's PS

                                                                      Lisnagelvin Primary School

                                                            Long Tower Primary School

20 Schools which we delivered to in August 2020 were as follows:

Bunscoil PS, Culmore PS, Holy Family PS, St Cecilia's College, St Mary's College, St Eithne's PS, St Anne's PS, Rosemount PS, Foyle College, Lisneal College, Oakgrove College, Glendermott PS, Artigarvan PS, Oakgrove PS, Nazareth House PS, Newbuildings PS, The Model PS, Long Tower PS, Lisnagelvin PS, Holy Child PS, St John's PS, The Fountain, The Good Shepherd

'Thank you so much for your gift of a laptop for one of our students, This is greatly apprecaited. This is an amazing project that can only provide a positive contribution to our community and our young people. We have quite a number of students at St Cecilia's who require additional support for learning and this gift will be invaluable to one of them.'

Mrs Martine Mulhern, Principal St Cecilia's College

'On behalf of the entire school community I would like to thank GSAP for their kind donation of a laptop computer'.

https://www.goodshepherdps.net/news/greater-shantallow-area-partnership-donation/

                                                          Suzann McCafferty, Good Shepherd Primary School

Naíscoil & Gaelscoil Éadain Mhóir

As the appeal nears its end in October, we have been able to support at least one Laptop or iPad to 46 local schools across the district 

Steelstown PS             St Paul’s PS                           St Therese PS

St Patrick’s PS              Hollybush PS                         Thornhill College

St Brigid’s PS               St Columb’s College              St Brigid’s College

St Joseph’s Boys          Bunscoil PS                            Culmore PS

Holy Family PS             St Cecilia’s College                St Mary’s College

St Eithne’s PS              Rosemount PS                       Foyle College

Lisneal College             Oakgrove College                 Glendermott PS

Artigarvan PS               Oakgrove PS                         Nazareth House PS

The Model PS              St Anne’s PS                          Holy Child PS

The Fountain PS          Newbuildings PS                   Lisnagelvin PS

Lumen Christi College Ardnashee PS                        Troy College

Sacred Heart PS          St Columba’s Newbuildings  Chapel Road PS

Ebrington PS                Ballougry PS                          St Eugene’s PS

Gael Scoil (Eodhain)    Long Tower PS                      Good Shepherd PS

St John’s PS                 Gael Scoil Na Daroge           Ashlea PS

Drumahoe PS               Greenhaw PS

This success of this campaign has only been made possible by the generosity of so many individuals, organisations and companies. A big thank you to all for everything you have done for us. You have made the difference in the lives of someone by your act of kindness. Ours is the City of generosity and care.

Thank you.