GETTING TECH TO THOSE WHO NEED IT
Inspired by the need for laptops for remote learning during the pandemic, Oxford IT Bank is aiming to be 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.
April update: thank you to everyone who has donated over 180 devices, of which 120 have already gone to good causes and 30 have been sold to raise funds for parts. As well as continuing with laptops for schools, I'm now building desktop computers for families, so all donations very gratefully received!
HOW IT WORKS
We're finding that the most useful are laptops, desktops and tablets up to 10-12 years old, which can often be upgraded with new parts to 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’m currently prioritising schools to ensure children aren't left without IT for remote learning.
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.
Where possible, I donate via organisations to ensure that kit is getting to those most in need. 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.
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.