SOCIALBOX.BIZ TEAMS WITH AGE UK LONDON TO LAUNCH NEW INITIATIVE “LAPTOPS FOR OLDER PEOPLE”
Age UK Camden hosting the new digital initiative in Central London
London, UK – SocialBox.Biz, a trailblazing community interest initiative spreading digital exclusion awareness and laptop re-homing inspiration, announced a while ago their social impact initiative: Laptops for Older People launched in central London Borough of Camden in October 2018 at the Age UK Camden Gadget Clinic for older people who do not have a computer or laptop – helping socially and digitally excluded older people who are living in isolation and below the poverty line. Older people attending the training provided by SocialBox.Biz received lap tops to take home with them after completing the session on October 9 2018.
Central London donate box is located at Age UK Camden SHOP, 53 Leather Ln, London EC1N 7TJ (opening hours 10am-4pm Monday to Friday).
Have an old, unused laptop sitting at home? Why not donate it so an older person can get connected! pic.twitter.com/FcsIe50xsu— Age UK Camden (@AgeUKCamden) July 20, 2016
“We are collaborating with corporations, businesses, and organizations to provide laptops to disadvantaged people,” said Peter Paduh, Founder of SocialBox.Biz. “So many people are digitally excluded from the functioning world today. A huge group of people excluded are older people living below the poverty line and in isolation with difficulties getting around.”
The initiative will see older people gaining access to computers and training through the charity: Age UK London. Age UK London will ensure that the computers are given to housebound older people in their communities, with some computers kept at the day centres for older people to use there.
As a part of the project, businesses are encouraged to donate working but no longer needed laptops to which will be safely wiped, installed with software and some distributed to Age UK centres in the capital. Some PCs are sold to small businesses unable to afford new computers to fund the project and keep it sustainable.
“These computers will give older people a chance to communicate with friends and family they’ve lost touch with,” said Age UK London Chief Executive Samantha Mauger. “This will make such a difference to the lives of many older people who find it hard to get out due to illness, disability or mobility problems, and find everyday tasks such as shopping and banking and even socializing difficult. Most of all, laptops will give elderly the tools they need to research, read, and even work right from the comfort of their living rooms.”