Socialbox.biz, a social enterprise specialising in storage and recycling solutions for business, has handed over its first refurbished laptop computers to homeless people in London as part of its ‘Laptops for Homeless Initiative’ in partnership with the charity Thames Reach.
Eight people using homelessness services in London were the first recipients at a handover Thames Reach Spectrum Centre in Camden.
“It’s about bettering our communities and societies by taking the laptops some deem as no longer needed and giving them to the people who need them the most,” explained SocialBox.Biz chairman Peter Paduh.
The company said that it is developing new ways to ensure all redundant corporate laptops are collected and used to the fullest of their abilities.
It added that it has team of IT professionals who will continue to research methods for even greater corporate electronic collection, helping corporations and businesses across the UK improve their Social Corporate Responsibility while helping the homeless.
“Thousands of disenfranchised members of society are cut out from the job market by having no access to computers or the Internet,” said Paduh. “How can we expect the homeless to work past their situation when they have no ability to apply for jobs or learn new skills and trades? Our Laptops For Homeless Initiative was launched to provide the UK’s homeless with a chance to rejoin society and step out of the shadows.”
Camden deputy leader, councillor Patricia Callaghan added: “It was a pleasure to hand over disused laptops on behalf of Camden to individuals registered with homelessness services, which will help them get online.”
Jeremy Swain, chief executive of Thames Reach, 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.”
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