GETTING TECH TO THOSE WHO NEED IT
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.
July update: thank you to everyone who has donated over 400 devices, of which 300 have already gone to good causes or been sold to raise funds for parts. As well as continuing with laptops and tablets, I'm now building desktop computers for families and trialling taking phones, so all donations very gratefully received!
HOW IT WORKS
The most useful are laptops, desktops and tablets up to 12 years old, which can often be upgraded with new parts to run the latest operating systems.
I'm hoping to find homes for equipment of all ages and broken devices can be useful for parts so if in doubt, do get in touch and I'll let you know what I can use.
Finally, I'd also be grateful for any money you'd like to donate which will either go on spare parts or be passed onto schools to buy new computers. Feel free to use the JustGiving 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, I'd be delighted to hear from you.
ON TO GOOD CAUSES
I work with local charities, with laptops going to families and vulnerable people, and desktops often also helping speed up in-house equipment for the charity to provide better online services.
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.
Fantastic charities helping communities and vulnerable people get online to access education and employment.
I am also pleased to promote the great work done by Oxfordshire Community Foundation who are working with Aspire in Oxford and SOFEA in Didcot to provide the same refurbishment services and get people across Oxfordshire online. 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
Laptops or tablets up to 12 years old, or money at our new JustGiving page!
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.
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.