Update by Heather April 29 2021

April 2021 brought a busy end to the first quarter for essentially every industry, meanwhile, vulnerable populations continue to suffer in the digital divide. Without laptops in hand, homeless people, aging populations on small pensions, refugees, and asylum seekers struggle to communicate, find educational opportunities, and secure jobs. The SocialBox.Biz Laptops for Homeless and Disadvantaged Initiative and its partners have continued to break ground in the mission of transforming old and outdated tech into measurable social impact.

According to Age UK, 51% of digitally excluded people are over the age of 65, while refugees and the homeless also face worrying levels of digital exclusion. According to homeless charity C4WS, 90% of those in shelter don’t have access to IT devices.

We so often reach out to organisations who let us know they don’t have anything to donate just yet, but they are willing to help by letting their followers know. In one recent case, the Finance UK and The Investment Association did so. They promoted the Laptops for Homeless, Refugees and Older People in Isolation Initiative from SocialBox.Biz Community Interest Company to their members and their Twitter followers, in a move that’s sure to drum up recognition and engagement for the cause.

Update on sustainability issues


Promoting our orgnisation’s work on twitter feed to members and other followers

The LGA is making councils aware of our initiative via twice weekly email bulletins sent to council leaders and chief executives

Key issues newsletter below

London Councils recently featured the cause in their weekly update of London local governmental issues in their March 17 publication. Additionally, the Local Government Association is making councils aware of the initiative via twice weekly email bulletins sent to council leaders and chief executives.

Local Government Association — below is the text placed in their bulletins about our initiative on Friday 23 April.  The bulletins are sent to all Leaders and Chief Executives of councils. 

Digital inclusion   

“Homeless communities face an array of challenges and are particularly vulnerable to issues of economic disadvantage, health inequality and civic exclusion. A number of organisations have been working to address these issues, including community interest organisation SocialBox.Biz. It has been in touch about its ongoing work with charities to get free laptops and tablets to older people, refugees and homeless people through its Laptops for Homeless, Refugees and Older People in Isolation initiative …” 

While we always welcome ongoing participation in our initiative and donations, we are also grateful to the promotion offered by such partners. This allows us to further advance our message to those who can help. Many unknowing organisations choose to recycle their old tech, but we want people to know this isn’t the best option. Instead, donating to an established cause is a great strategy for increasing ESG while making a community impact. Not everything needs recycling, many items being replaced are still usable and can still be useful for our our initiative. Please Contact SocialBox.Biz Today !

Investment companies, councils, universities and others are invited to donate their old laptops and other still usalbe tech on an ongoing basis. Other non usable items can still be recycled in the normal way so excising recycling is not affected instead sustainability is being maximized. ESG is becoming of even more importance for equity funds and banks and other financial companies. To reassure these finance providers that they are making sustainable investments; the Laptops for Homeless Initiative is a practical way to build your ESG profile.

Whether you are interested in donating or promoting, we welcome your assistance in making a major local impact and closing the digital divide and reducing scope 3 emissions. Connect with us today to learn more!

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