SOCIALBOX.BIZ ANNOUNCES LAPTOP COLLECTION SITE IN AGE UK CAMDEN SHOP IN CENTRAL LONDON

Press release – Digital Inclusion.

New Central London donate facility is located at Age UK Camden SHOP, 53 Leather Ln, London EC1N 7TJ.

London, UK – SocialBox.Biz, a social business venture aiming to help curb the digital exclusion rates in the United Kingdom, this week announced they have officially secured a laptop collection site in Age UK Camden Shop. Looking for the greatest laptop donation rates and corporation partnerships possible, SocialBox.Biz eyed this specific donation site as a crucial area for spreading awareness on their various initiatives as the flagship site for this launch of the initiative.

Thousands of older people live London Borough of Camden are without access to computers living below the poverty line and in social and digital isolation and exclusion.

“Being that we’re based out of Camden, we know how important, interactive, and bustling this area can be,” said Peter Paduh, Founder of SocialBox.biz social enterprise. “At the end of the day, our goal is to collect as many disused but still working laptops as possible, and re-home them to the people who need them most. Older people living in social and digital isolation and exclusion clearly need them and that’s what our initiatives strive to fix.”

“We are always looking for more corporation and organization partnerships to improve our laptop donation rate,” said Peter. “Millions in our country need a working laptop right now. Spread the word on the availability of our donation sites, and check out our collection box right here at Age UK Camden in the central London.”

SocialBox.Biz’s new donate box is located at 53 Leather Ln, London EC1N 7TJ.

For more information, visit: www.SocialBox.Biz/laptopsforolderpeople

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One response to “SOCIALBOX.BIZ ANNOUNCES LAPTOP COLLECTION SITE IN AGE UK CAMDEN SHOP IN CENTRAL LONDON”

  1. Londoner_Bob says:

    It’s great to read about this new charitable initiative to help older people living in exclusion and isolation with donated laptop computers .

    I would like to like to summarise a report from the Former Local Communities department Social Exclusion Unit of the former Deputy Prime Minister which I believe is still very helpful and relevant and might help you with this fantastic project;

    EXCLUDED OLDER PEOPLE, SUMMARY OF CONSULTATION RESPONSES

    Background to the project The SEU report highlighted progress made since the 90s in addressing social exclusion but recognised that some groups still suffer from persistent inequalities. Older people are often excluded because they have too few material resources. Other factors matter too. These include lack of contact with other people, poor access to services, and lack of involvement in civic and neighbourhood activities.

    E-questionnaire and interim report The first phase of the project was to gather the views of service providers, academics, the voluntary sector and older people’s groups/forums to identify what the issues and barriers are which prevent excluded older people achieving a good quality of life. This was achieved through meetings, visits and a formal online consultation exercise – to which 74 responses were received. The interim report reflected the views collected and highlighted the areas which need improvement in order for excluded older people to achieve a good quality of life. Feedback on the interim report is also being considered.

    The second phase of consultation included work on 4 area studies in Sunderland, Cornwall, Tower Hamlets and Nottinghamshire. The purpose of these was to understand how services currently run for excluded older people in these areas. Focus groups Focus groups were also arranged and held across England to enable excluded older people to give their views on quality of life issues. These groups were mainly arranged through voluntary sector projects and older people’s groups. Examples of groups consulted with include: carers of older people with dementia, ethnic minority groups, older people with sensory impairments and physical disabilities, and older people living in deprived and rural areas.

    The project has run workshops in Manchester, Camden, Coventry and Stroud involving older people and officers from local government and health authorities. The aim was to discuss the emerging findings and directions with a small group of local experts. Early results of consultation E-questionnaire The main barriers preventing excluded older people achieving a good quality of life have been reported as: Lack of accessible services (13%); Inadequate social networks (12%); Poverty (11%); Health (8%); Transport (8%); Age discrimination (8%) The recommendations for areas to change generally were: Service delivery (the need for flexibility, joining-up, and individualised); Transport; Age discrimination; Finances, Leisure and education, Funding, Housing “Quality of life is about having choices. Services for older people are still often designed to suit the provider and lack flexibility” “Social networks suffer as people get older and it becomes harder to make new friends. Social isolation leads to depression, loneliness, anxiety, which in turn stop people from interacting with their local community and accessing services they need.” Feedback on the interim report Feedback on the three cross cutting themes highlighted in the interim report – early intervention and low level services, joined up and coordinated services and the importance of user involvement and choice – has been supportive. There has also been overwhelming enthusiasm for the proposal for a ‘Sure Start for Older People’.

    Responses to the interim report have stressed the significance of income poverty on the exclusion of older people. Focus groups The focus groups highlighted a number of areas that are important for quality of life including: good health, a decent pension, good social relations, a safe environment a decent home and being able to understand and use transport services. A lack of information was highlighted as being a barrier to accessing services and again, people had enthusiasm for a scheme that would bring services together and provide them in a way that is suitable for the individual. “You get your pension Monday, it pays your rent, it pays your gas, it pays your light, you go for your grocery, you come back and you have nothing again.” “….you want to feel that you are of some use to society. That you’re not just shoved on the scrap heap and that nobody you know, that nobody cares about you or that the thing with, the things that you’ve done in your life the experiences that could be useful to other people are not being passed on in some way or another or helpful to other people” “I’m doing nearly every class here, absolutely everything and this is the happiest I’ve been in 20 years…” Next steps The consultation results and feedback we have received are helping us to understand further what needs to change and how to improve service delivery, as well as providing examples of good practice. The action plan on excluded older people included plans of action on disadvantaged adults who move frequently, young adults with troubled lives and inclusion through innovation (information and communication technologies).

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