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Richard Morris, UK CEO of Regus
Regus is one of the largest office solutions companies in the world, and hosts SocialBox.biz collection boxes for unneeded technology devices in their offices.
Morris explains why his company is proud to support our initiative “We are incredibly excited to be partnering with SocialBox.biz. As a workspace provider driven by tech, we know how integral digital skills are to he way that people live and work. So, instead of putting your old mobile phone at the back of a drawer, never to be seen again, we are asking anyone using, or living nearby to, a Regus centre in London to make a difference by donating this unwanted tech. In doing so, you will be helping even more people to learn essential new skills.”
Peter Mather, BP’s UK head of country
BP has worked with SocialBox.biz to implement a regular system for donating their unneeded office tech each time they upgrade their equipment.
Mather says, “We are pleased to be able to support SocialBox.biz initiative. Digital skills play an increasingly central role in modern life, and providing access to homeless and disadvantaged individuals is important for building an inclusive society.”
Sharon Lewis, spokesperson for Shell London
Shell London and Scotland have regularly asked SocialBox.biz to arrange collections of IT and other items which are no longer needed at their offices, but which are still working and useful to those who need them the most.
Lewis explains, “Many companies replace their older laptop computers with the latest in new technology well before their old computers have become completely useless. My personal reflection is that this initiative should be encouraged as part of firms and employee Corporate Social Responsibility efforts.”
Clyde Seepersad, Linux Foundation General Manager, Training & Certification
The Linux Foundation is proud to offer a range of free training courses to help individuals all over the world gain highly useful, marketable skills they can use to build and improve their livelihoods. Some of the e-learning classes are shared on SocialBox.biz platform.
“SocialBoz.biz has some wonderful initiatives, providing not just a hand out, but a hand up, to enable individuals to support themselves by conducting valuable, in demand work in the technology field,”
Sam Forsdike from C4WS Homeless Project in Central London
C4WS helps young, homeless individuals find shelter in church owned properties, and then provides them with mentoring, befriending scheme, membership in the jobs club, and access to English classes.
Forsdike says, “Becoming a partner charity with Social Box and benefiting from the Laptops for Homeless Support initiative has been a fantastic addition to C4WS.
We work with those who are homeless and support them into accommodation. Once in their new homes we are frequently asked by our former guests how they can obtain computers that will enable them to take the next steps forward with their lives, whether this be searching for work, starting college or reconnecting with family and friends. We have never been able to help them with these requests until discovering Social Box.
It has been an absolute delight to see the stunned and excited faces of those guests we have been able to now give laptops to. This simple act makes a huge difference and we are excited to see the real changes it is making in their lives, and for their futures.”
Emma Freivogel Chief Operating Officer, Working Chance
Working Chance is the only organisation in the UK which places women leaving the criminal justice system in stable jobs.
When Freivogel learned that SocialBox.biz was nominated for yet another excellence award, she said, “Again, wonderful to hear about the nomination [technology innovation award] and a huge congratulations from the Working Chance team. It is really wonderful to see that you are being recognised for the great work you are doing with disadvantaged individuals and communities.”
Lorraine McGrath Chief Executive of Simon Community Scotland
Simon Community Scotland identifies those at risk for becoming homeless, or who are currently sleeping on the streets, and provides them with shelter, as well as life skills training.
McGrath explains, “online access is vital to the process of finding a safe home, managing benefits, applying for jobs and even just keeping connected with family and friends in today’s world. Re-homing others unwanted goods is the perfect way to offer that same opportunity to people in homelessness and we are delighted to be working with SocialBox.Biz in bringing this approach to Scotland.”