The social enterprise is donating 50 refurbished laptops to homeless people and those at risk of homelessness in Southwark and Lambeth to help them get their lives back on track.
The Laptops for Homeless Support Initiative, which has already handed over 100 laptops, aims to provide laptops to people using the services of homelessness charity Thames Reach.
On 16 June, the Thames Reach Employment Academy organised an event and photoshoot of the handover of the laptops, taking place in Camberwell, with the presence of Peter Paduh and Thames Reach Chief Executive Jeremy Swain. They were also joined by some formerly homeless people, now housed locally, who were invited to the event to receive their laptops.
SocialBox.Biz’s founder Peter Paduh said: “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.”
Jeremy Swain, Chief Executive of Thames Reach, also commented: “These laptops will give the homeless and marginalised people who receive them the opportunity to communicate with friends and relatives, develop new interests and access advice to improve their skills and employment prospects.”
A recycling bin for laptops has been set up in the new local library in Camberwell thanks to the backing of local authorities. Members of the public and local businesses are being encouraged to donate disused laptops which will be collected by SocialBox.Biz, wiped clean, refurbished to give them a new home with those in need.
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