Getting tech to those who need it
Donate your laptop, smartphone or other IT to help people in need and provide computers for charity.
Inspired by the need for laptops for remote learning during the pandemic, Oxford IT Bank is like a food bank for tech, getting old devices that are sitting on a shelf somewhere cleaned up and passed on to those who would benefit from them.
More than 800 devices to people in need since January 2021, and we helped Getting Oxfordshire Online deliver an additional 1800. Thank you to everyone who's supported this!
May update: we're receiving many more offers of desktop computers than we have requests. If you know of any people or charities in need of desktop rather than laptop computers, we'd be pleased to hear from you! And we're afraid we can't accept more donations of desktops or monitors until we clear our stock. Keyboards, mice, speakers and webcams welcome!
Making a difference
Learn more about Getting Oxfordshire Online, the main programme we are now supporting.
How it works
The most useful are laptops up to 12 years old, which can be upgraded to run the latest operating systems, and smartphones or tablets running Android 8 or iPhone 5S or newer.
Note that phones and tablets need releasing from accounts - check out pre-donation notes on preparing your device here.
We can handle minor repairs like broken screens, dead batteries, missing chargers, so do get in touch if you're not sure if we can use the device.
Finally, we'd be grateful for any money you'd like to donate which supports our operations, buys parts etc. You can donate with zero fees via our PayPal Giving Fund page.
Anybody happy to help with collecting and delivering, this would be appreciated too to speed up the service!
Wipe and Spruce Up
First priority is to ensure all data is securely removed before passing on to a new home.
Then software is refreshed with a modern operating system, as well as possibly fresh hard disks etc to ensure a good experience.
If you're able to help with electrical repairs, such as failed screen hinges, cracked power sockets or unreliable motherboards, we'd be delighted to hear from you.
On to good causes
We work with local charities, with all eligible laptops, smartphones and tablets going to Getting Oxfordshire Online, helping families and vulnerable people. Desktops and accessories can help replace outdated equipment in charities.
I would be pleased to hear from any other groups able to pass IT to those in need and support them with getting the most from it.
Devices such as desktops which are tricky for organisations to distribute but still useful for homes are advertised online at low prices, helping those with limited funds, and bringing some money in for repairs and parts.
Whether you want to donate, help out or would like to ask for donations, please email Ben and the volunteer team at email@example.com
If you are wondering who you are entrusting your old computer to, here's my LinkedIn Profile: www.linkedin.com/in/bentuppen/
Fantastic charities helping communities and vulnerable people get online to access education and employment.
Getting Oxfordshire Online is a partnership started by Oxfordshire Community Foundation, with Aspire in Oxford, SOFEA in Didcot and Bicester Green working together to provide refurbishment, support and connectivity to help reduce digital poverty across the county. You can find out more here.
We would first like to thank you for your generosity in providing a laptop and IPad.
Both items will help us transition into sixth form and GCSE’s and will assist us in our studies to achieve the best grades.
Again, we appreciate the help given and will do our best to reach our academic goals.
A & A via Oxford Community Action
A reminder of all the ways you can help
Collection and Distribution
Collecting and delivering in the Oxford area.
"Repair Cafe" skills for electrical repairs such as replacing worn out power sockets
Schools or community organisations who can pass equipment to those in need and help them get set up.
I would also be delighted to hear from any others doing similar IT distribution in the Oxford area. I hope we can work together to help more people.
To everyone who's donated a device and spread the word, and especially to these who've supported with partnership, funds and expertise.
Not in Oxford?
If you're not local, here are other people you could contact if you would like to donate equipment or ask for help.