Age Range: 12 to 19 years old inclusive. However, MattDotCom would try to help a teenager beyond 19 years old if they were still in full time education or studying at the Open University, if they were diagnosed before 19 years old.
Area: Lincolnshire (Humber to the Wash), Rutland, Nottinghamshire and South Yorkshire. Major towns and cities include Lincoln, Skegness, Louth, Boston, Spalding, Grantham, Stamford, Gainsborough, Grimsby, Scunthorpe, Nottingham, Newark, Retford, Derby, Oakham, Sheffield, Rotherham and Doncaster. To work out if you are in our current catchment area put a compass point on Lincoln Cathedral and set your compass to 50 mile radius, if you live within the circle we will try and help you.
Who can apply for a system? An application for a laptop or home system has to made by your nurse, social worker, OT or teacher. All children’s wards and hospital social work departments in our current catchment area have been sent application forms and information sheets. We have also sent information to all TCT wards in Great Britain.
NOTE FOR STAFF – if you are working with teenagers who are undergoing long term treatment and have not received any application forms and information sheets please contact David Harding-Price. E-mail – david @ mattdotcom.org.uk
Time a teenager has a laptop? We endeavour to help any teenager in full time education and the equipment is now given on the understanding that the teenager is studying at some level.
Short term loans can be arranged if a teenager is incapacitated by trauma and unable to attend school. Teachers can make application for such loans.
Please note that from November 2010 we changed the way we work. The new system is that equipment is in the first instance lent for a year. If after the initial year the teenager continues to require the equipment it will be signed over to them as a donation from MattDotCom. The responsible adult when signing for the equipment still has to recognise that if the equipment goes missing in the first year there may be a financial cost to the responsible adult.
Smiles all round as Emma receives her laptop. Emma was the first recipient in Lincolnshire to receive a laptop back in 2004. We have just heard is about to get married!!!!! Yeah!!!!! Our first loans were in 2003 to a couple of lads in South Yorkshire. Since then we have helped teenagers across the East Midlands and even further a field. Up to May 2017 we have helped 106 teenagers living in Lincolnshire (25%), Nottinghamshire (29%), Derbyshire (16%), South Yorkshire (15%) Outside catchment area (17%).