Homeless people to get recycled laptops.
The ‘Laptops for the Homeless’ scheme will also provide IT training for homeless men and women in London.
A new project will see recycled and refurbished laptop given to hundreds of homeless people.
An estimated two million working laptops and computers are scrapped in the UK every year, but a groundbreaking project will make better some of the unwanted hardware in the hands of those without access to the internet.
The Laptops for Homeless Support Initiative, a partnership between the London-based charity Thames Reach and Socialbox.biz, a social enterprise specializing in recycling solutions, will also provide IT training for homeless men and women in London.
Thousands of people are still with no access to this vital resource“Society is becoming ever more dependent on computerised technologies, but thousands of people are still with no access to this vital resource and as a consequence living in social and digital exclusion,” said Peter Paduh, chairman of SocialBox.biz.
Jeremy Swain, chief executive of Thames Reach, explained the boost recycled equipment will bring to the charity’s employment academy. “These computers will give the homeless and marginalised people who receive them the opportunity to communicate with friends and relatives, develop new interests and improve access to advice to improve their skills and employment prospects.”
To donate your old laptop, go to https://www.socialbox.biz/homeless-support or phone: 0843 289 5722.
The above article first published on bigissue.com in Dec, 2015.