Do you have unused or spare laptops, PCs, office furniture? Why not donate items to fantastic local schemes that provide equipment to children struggling to do online work from home, as well as other worthy causes.
Cloudy Foundation – Donate 2 Educate
Buckingham-based Cloudy IT is running a great scheme to support the digital education needs of local children.
They are asking for old laptops and PCs to be sent to them. They then give the item a complete wipe and overhaul and restore it to mint condition, before gifting it to a local child who needs help with remote learning.
Cloudy is committed to continuing the campaign beyond the pandemic, and would appreciate the support of businesses and individuals to help donate as many devices as possible.
Turncloud – Turn it Around
Long Crendon-based Turncloud have a similar scheme that you can read about here.
Erasing data from laptops before donating
The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has published guidance to help you erase the personal data from second-hand electronic devices that you're either getting rid of or taking on.
A Good Thing – office supplies and furniture among items sought
A message from the team at A Good Thing
“A Good Thing is a non-profit CIC aiming to connect businesses with local charities to facilitate the donation of surplus equipment, office supplies, merchandise, meeting space - or anything gathering dust in the store cupboard!
“This aims to reduce landfill and enable charitable organisations to do more with their limited resources - contributing to a 'circular economy'. Our easy-to-use platform makes the process really quick and simple for businesses and charities.
“The aim of the platform is to make it really easy for a business to find a good charity match for what they have to offer - and to engage businesses with smaller local charities who normally miss out. Businesses may be able to document their involvement as part of a CSR accreditation process.
“We're thrilled that the pilot platform has gone live in the Buckinghamshire area. We've had lots of Buckinghamshire businesses and charities register and have made our first local match! Bucks Search and Rescue will receive lamps for their new training room from Maidenhead company Squared Up.
“Once a match is made, we at A Good Thing will also be offering a ‘storytelling’ service to businesses, helping them to promote the good they have done with their donation. We know how valuable great PR can be, and how important sustainability is to modern businesses, and we would love to help them tell the story of how they’ve made a difference to their local communities through getting involved with A Good Thing.
Local fundraising campaign to support children’s learning
The Buckingham Enterprise and Innovation Unit at the University of Buckingham has a fundraising campaign called Laptops for Learners, seeking donations to help provide laptops for children struggling to work from home.
They are hoping to raise £10,000.