Crate from SBL arrives in Edinburgh

CSP’s tech amnesty is off to a flying start thanks to SBL!

We’re delighted to be working with Software Box Ltd (SBL) to help get ever more computers donated to Malawian schools. We’ve recently received our first shipment from SBL which included some fantastic donations from CSP’s tech amnesty where many attendees brought in their old IT equipment ranging from laptops to mice and keyboards.

This is the first of what we believe will be many more donations of used IT equipment sent through SBL’s partnership with the Turing Trust. We’ve set up a process with SBL so that SBL’s client can donate their old IT equipment to the Turing Trust simply and easily.

The Turing Trust accepts most working ICT equipment, ranging from desktops, laptops, tablets, smartphones all the way to power cables, headphones and mice. A full list of what we can use can be found here. Working with SBL means that we can offer their clients a continuous service, providing the peace of mind for questions around data destruction (worth noting that we can still reuse PCs that do not have hard drives), and see their old computers have a new lease of life providing educational opportunities in Africa.

Equipment can be sent to SBL in York, sent directly to the Turing Trust’s workshop in Edinburgh, or collected from any offices UK-wide.

Unpacking the crate from SBL containing donations from CSP tech amnesty

Social Impact

Donations of computing equipment are vital to everything that the Turing Trust does, and every PC we receive means that an extra 18 African students will get the opportunity to learn vital ICT skills.

At our workshop in Edinburgh we also support people from the UK with our training programme. We work with refugees and asylum seekers, those who have a mental or physical disability, those experiencing homelessness, the long-term unemployed and military veterans. Many trainees are referred to us by the Jobcentre Plus have seen the impact we have in the UK first hand helping to tackle these social problems through IT training. Every PC donated gives us an extra opportunity to train more people with IT refurbishment skills.

Environmental Impact

There is a considerable environmental impact from equipment that is donated as we are able to reuse PCs that are often prematurely recycled in the UK and instead extend each PCs lifetime. This means we create a carbon offset by reusing each PCs as well as some associated energy savings from the embodied energy of each donated PC. For all the details of the positive environmental impact you can have by donating your old ICT equipment to the Turing Trust, please check out this page.

A big thank you to everyone at SBL and who donated equipment through CSP. We can’t wait to show you the impact your computers will soon be having in Malawian classrooms!

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njturing

Volunteer at the Turing Trust