Local high school students living in social housing have access to free laptops and online tutoring thanks to an $8,874 Singleton Community Relief Fund grant provided to Compass Housing Services.
The laptops can be borrowed from Singleton Library for up to an entire school term. The tutoring is being provided through specialist company – The Tutoring Company – and is available until June 30.
Compass' Upper Hunter Community Participation Officer, Kristy King, said many school students faced disruption to their learning during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns, which put some students at a disadvantage.
Ms King said young people in social housing don’t always have access to technology or have to share laptops with other family members.
She said online tutoring provides students with a safe, flexible and easily accessible way to complete schoolwork under expert guidance.
“Providing access to laptops and tutoring can make a big difference to the way young people engage with the education that is so important to their future,” she said. “Singleton Council and BHP have been very supportive of this initiative which will make an important difference in the lives of young people,” she said.
Ms King said Compass enjoyed great working partnerships with both Muswellbrook and Singleton councils under a common objective of helping those people living in community housing to gain the skills and support they need to maximise their economic and social participation in their community.
“Through a Muswellbrook Council grant to establish community gardens in tenant complexes we now have whipper snippers and battery powered lawn mowers to loan out to help tenants care for their properties.”
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