Accessing education is an important stepping stone to independent living for vulnerable young people.

Thanks to a generous donation by Cameron Technologies, at-risk young mums now have computer access to aid their studies and further learning.

The Hove-based business gifted 30 pre-loved laptops to Centacare’s ICAN Service after answering a call for help on social media last week.

Findon Family Housing (FFH) manager Stacey Gibb says, at best, she hoped for a few replies to her Facebook message but instead received a boot-load of laptops.

“We are just super grateful as this is a huge help to the women we support.

“Often they’ve left school very early and have had little education.’’

ICAN provides case management and accredited alternative learning options for young people aged 10-19 years who are disconnected or at risk of disconnecting from education due to complexities in their lives, such as homelessness, domestic violence and family breakdown.

The focus is on supporting young people to more successfully engage in their communities through flexible learning directed to their needs.

“They may also be pregnant or parenting so education is crucial as these young women move towards independence, financial security and role modelling for their children,’’ says Stacey, pictured with FFH case manager, Gemma Sandeman.

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