Empowering London’s homeless with free laptops


A new scheme aims to improve the lives of homeless people while making use of old and unwanted laptops.

Each year, an estimated two million working laptops and computers are thrown away in the UK. At the same time, some six million British citizens, or 12 per cent of the country’s adult population, have never used the internet.

Laptops for the Homeless, set up by charity Thames Reach and recycling social enterprise Socialbox.biz, unveiled a new scheme that aims to bridge this gap, starting with people experiencing homelessness in the London borough of Camden.

The scheme works with businesses to collect and refurbish used and unwanted laptops. They are then handed out to homeless men and women in the capital, who will also receive IT training.

Jeremy Swain Chief Executive of Thames Reach London said:

“These computers will give the homeless and marginalised people who receive them the opportunity to communicate with friends and relatives, develop new interests and improve access to advice to improve their skills and employment prospects.

“Our Employment Academy is helping thousands of unemployed and economically disadvantaged people in the capital and the partnership with Socialbox will enable us to help even more people.”



Peter Paduh Chairman of SocialBox.bix said:

“Society is becoming ever more dependent on computerised technologies, but thousands of people are still with no access to this vital resource and as a consequence living in social and digital exclusion here in London.

“Our priority is to turn them into a valuable resource for our local community where you and I live. We take those computers no longer needed, arrange for them to be refurbished and give some of them to organizations that help those who need them most gain access to information technology and search for employment. We’re delighted to be working with Jeremy and Thames Reach on this exciting project which I’m sure will engage the enthusiasm of leaders and executives at companies and organizations across the region.”

To find out more go to socialbox.biz


Photo Credit: Boyko Blagoev from Flickr

Video Credit: SocialBox.biz from Youtube