Donate spare computer equipment to help people in Stockport get online

A new recycling scheme for donated computer equipment will help more people in Stockport get online

Donate spare computer equipment to help people in Stockport get online

The DigiKnow Alliance, who are working to tackle digital exclusion in Stockport, have welcomed two new partners who will refurbish donated redundant computer equipment to help people in Stockport who aren’t online or don’t have a suitable device to access the internet. They will also use recycled donations to maintain the DigiKnow Device Library, which provides free loans of devices to Stockport residents who are missing out, including families with children struggling to access live lessons, job seekers and the socially isolated.

Both Renewal North West and Amshire IT Support are Microsoft Registered Refurbishers. Data security is a high priority and anyone donating equipment can be reassured that both organisations will ensure items are cleaned of all data prior to refurbishing. Both are specialists in recycling tech, processing electronic waste, reducing the levels of e-waste going to landfill and ensuring hazardous materials are properly disposed of.

Community Computers is an initiative by Stockport charity Renewal North West who provide training and work experience in IT recycling skills for the long-term unemployed. If you can spare any technology you no longer use, please drop off donations at any open Stockport library or at Renewal North West’s shop in Shaw Heath. Groups and businesses can arrange for a bulk collection of items by contacting them on 0161 476 2777 or via their website. They take most IT equipment as well as other office items.

The Community Computers scheme and the DigiKnow Device library support anyone in the borough, of any age, who needs support to get online. If businesses have bulk donations of old tech that you particularly want to be used to support children to access education, you can instead donate it to our other local recycling partner, Amshire IT Support, who will ensure the refurbished devices are made available specifically for families with school-age children, via the DigiKnow Device Library. Please contact Amshire on 0330 2020 340 to organise a donation.

Councillor Kate Butler, Cabinet Member for Citizen Focus and Engagement says: “I’d like to thank these two organisations for their help getting these initiatives off the ground. These are exciting schemes that will help more Stockport residents to get online, whilst also offering so many other benefits to the wider community and the environment.

“Stockport Council will be donating computer equipment that we no longer use, but the schemes won’t succeed without donations from businesses and individuals across Stockport. If you've got computer equipment you no longer use, please donate it so we can help as many people as possible access the internet and ensure no-one gets left behind. We really think these initiatives deserve all our support.”

Wesley Downs, Executive Officer of Renewal North West said: “We're passionate about breaking down barriers - Community Computers operates to tackle long term unemployment and digital exclusion, and we're incredibly excited to have joined forces with SMBC, the Digiknow Alliance and Stockport Digital Device Library to enable more access to digital devices in Stockport. The success of our work, however, relies on sufficient IT donations - all of which are dealt with by our professional and secure asset management service.”

Dave Taylor, Managing Director of Cheadle Hulme based Amshire said: “We know some businesses will be worried about data and wiping. We are involved to offer our security and data wipe services. Along with Renewal North West we are proud to be helping where we can. Schools in particular are in need as home learning and lack of kit may inhibit some families to engage and feel connected, especially during the lockdown.”