Lambeth is tackling digital exclusion with SocialBox

2 December, 2016

Written by: Welfare, Employment and Skills team

Better jobs, business and skills > Culture and community > Getting involved > Health and Wellbeing

Lambeth council is teaming up with social enterprise SocialBox to rehouse outdated, yet working laptops and place them in the hands of those who need them most.

Man wearing layers of winter clothes, holding a laptop and looking happy.

Laptops for the Homeless Initiative

Through their collaboration with homelessness charity Thames Reach and their work ready programme, SocialBox are pioneering the Laptops for the Homeless initiative. As part of this initiative laptops are refurbished and handed over to homeless already in accommodation services on their way back to joining society and graduating from their training programme.

Without access to the Internet, homeless people stand little chance of re-joining society but this initiative gives registered homeless the chance to access today’s digital world.

Jeremy Swain Chief Executive of Thames Reach London said: “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. Our Employment Academy is helping thousands of unemployed and economically disadvantaged people in the capital and the partnership with SocialBox will enable us to help even more people.”

How Lambeth residents can help

This is where we in the London Borough of Lambeth can make a real difference. In the UK over 1 million laptops are thrown out every single year when they could’ve been refurbished for the better. Instead of disposing of old laptops Lambeth residents can now donate at one of three locations in the Borough.

Brixton Library, Clapham Library and Tate South Library are all hosting a donation bin to ensure the scheme has the maximum impact in our community. There are also a number of other drop-off locations outside of Lambeth.

We are encouraging all of our employees and residents to contribute their unused laptops whenever possible. Whether it’s yours personally, a friend or family members, it could make the difference in tackling the epidemic of digital exclusion. It starts with you. Donate today.

Find out more

Follow @SocialBoxBiz or @ThamesReach on Twitter.

Like Thames Reach on Facebook or visit the SocialBox website.

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