SocialBox.Biz has launched its business heroes’ engagement with several partners already leading by example
A SocialBox.Biz blog post update by Alex ( November 2021)
The Laptops for Homeless Initiative has expanded its horizons to include a long list of partners and recipient organisations. A number of larger business partners are already on board and contributing hundreds of no longer needed but still usable items on an ongoing annual basis. With a goal of additional 100 large business partners by 2025, the Laptops for Homeless, Refugees, and Older People initiative from SocialBox.Biz is on track to exceed goals.
The CBI and several larger companies have already join our campaign:
One old, but still usable laptop, can go a long way. That’s why SocialBox.Biz is working with corporations, institutions, and groups that are willing to release their old but still usable tech. Our team at SocialBox.Biz wipes it clean, upgrades it with open-source software, and re-homes suitable items to those in need. SocialBox.Biz Laptops for the Homeless, Refugees and Older people Initiative has overseen the reuse and donation of thousands of tech items to date in London and across the UK. “We hope you find inspiration in what we have been doing for years and the countless case studies on our website,” states Carolyn Williams, Social Impact consultant for SocialBox.Biz.
SocialBox.Biz is inviting additional organizations to release their old tech to their life-changing program to help those in need. SocialBox.Biz has also expanded upon their mission by offering computer class workshops to help teach computer skills to formerly homeless people to assist them with their job search. SocialBox.Biz is also proud of its work with their scholarship program for homeless and refugees for every 5,000 computer related items collected.
”Apart from old, no longer needed but still usable laptops we collect many other tech items and now include some items of furniture for our donation and fundraising. We ask that any organization that may have material being replaced contact us first so that we can determine if there are any usable items to be repurposed before any scrap recycling takes place. This way, we can keep the process as sustainable as possible.” Said Carolyn Williams
Gio Valdez, Social Impact Project Leader with SocialBox.Biz states, ”Change starts at the top. We want to again thank all our partners who are the real business heroes leading by example. We have helped people all over the UK and our next goal is to collect thousands of items to help thousands of additional people who can’t afford a computer.”
SocialBox.Biz was recently featured in One Hundred Reasons of Hope, the inspiring story of
Captain Sir Tom Moore who was known for raising money for charity. The book features a total of one hundred stories similar to Moore’s, of people going out of their way to help others and create hope for the future. Peter Paduh, founder of SocialBox.Biz, was featured as one of the everyday heroes in this book. SocialBox.Biz is a community-interest company focused on providing technology and education access to underprivileged people who cannot access these things on their own.
“It is an absolute honor to be featured in this book alongside inspiring heroes such as Captain Sir Thomas Moore,” stated Peter Paduh. “As an unaccompanied child refugee, it wasn’t easy, and I know firsthand how important access to technology is for people in these situations. With hard work, perseverance, and access to life changing technology, I was able to reach a position where I could help others who faced similar struggles to the ones I faced.
Smaller businesses can also join our campaign
SocialBox.Biz has also just linked up with the Federation of Small Business so that small businesses can help homeless people and the environment with old tech. FSB is urging other small businesses to consider doing the same as its recent research shows that 56 per cent of small businesses believe our planet is facing a climate crisis and 36 per cent of small businesses have a plan to combat climate change, but only 30 per cent have made changes to their business because of that plan (source: FSB Accelerating Progress, 2021). This scheme and others like it are a simple step that small businesses could take to make a difference.
FSB is donating surplus IT equipment, including over 50 laptops and monitors, to Scholarships for Refugees and Homeless People, an initiative coordinated by SocialBox.Biz. The initiative gathers old, no longer needed – but still usable – laptops which are then upgraded so they can be used by homeless people and refugees who need them.
To Learn more and get into contact with SocialBox.Biz, review the below links and news updates!
Interview with Founder, Peter Paduh, on UK The Times radio change-makers
Recent update on SocialBox.Biz’s ongoing partnership with the University of Surrey
SocialBox.Biz and founder named to Happy List 2021
Read more about One Hundred Reasons of Hope
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// New Look is helping to tackle digital exclusion in the run-up to Christmas
Chairman and founder of SocialBox.Biz, Peter Paduh, added: “It is great to see large companies like New Look leading by example to help bridge the digital divide in the UK.
The British global fashion chain has supplied the donations – which is the largest that the scheme has ever recieved – in the run-up to Christmas, to help tackle digital exclusion among the homeless, refugees and the elderly.
“The pandemic highlighted the importance of ensuring that the most vulnerable in society can access technology to get by. We are looking to recruit 100 business heroes over the next couple of years to address this and we urge others to follow New Look’s lead.”
For more, please check the full press release: