Like many IT solutions’ companies, we’ve been trying to help people who urgently need laptops for schooling or remote working by refurbishing second-hand computers.

As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, most people are having to work at home and children are receiving online lessons – if they have devices. A digital divide has opened up between those who have and those who haven’t got access to suitable equipment.

IT solutions: our second-hand laptop initiativeRecent Department for Education figures suggest that a total of 927,689 laptops and tablets have been delivered or dispatched by the government to support pupils in accessing remote education. This is since the scheme to provide devices for disadvantaged children began – but there are so many more who still need them.

Our IT solutions – what we’re doing with charities

We’re excited to say that several of our lovely clients have kindly donated business laptops for us to refurbish.

Pro Drive is paying for the parts, such as the hard drives – and Ivan, our Service Desk Manager, is leading the initiative.

We’re going through the donated laptops to get them working well and safely deleting any existing data before passing them over to our chosen local charities for distribution. They are:

•  Challengers – inclusive play and leisure for disabled children and young people.
•  Oakleaf Enterprise – making life work with mental illness.
•  B@titude – serving the community.

Whilst we are doing this with the help of Pro Drive clients, there are many charities which have second-hand computer initiatives running, so if you have unwanted computers, do get in touch with them – or your local schools.

And thanks to everyone who has donated so far!