SOCIALBOX.BIZ | A SOCIAL IMPACT CONSULTANCY
A SocialBox.Biz post by Heather, January 2020.
About Our Company
We are a forward thinking community interest company aiming to improve the local community with dynamic tech solutions. SocialBox.Biz is the organisation behind the rapidly expanding Laptops for Homeless Initiative, which has gained much momentum through strategic partnership with local organisations. Our initiatives are designed to get laptops into the hands of homeless people, support refugees, train at-risk job seekers, and offer computer skills classes and e-learning to those who cannot attend university. As our initiatives continue, we work to measure our social impact performance.
What Does SocialBox.Biz Do?
Through our Laptops for Homeless and Vulnerable Initiative, we accept donations of old no longer needed but still useful technology – predominantly laptops – as well as business clothing and other items that would be beneficial to someone trying to get back out into the workforce. We are also able to run fundraisers with some of the old but still useful items from offices, past examples include coffee machines, conference room projectors, office telephones, network routers, massage tables, gym equipment.
We take tech items and arrange on site data eradication solutions and send some of them over to someone in need with free open source software. We have created partnerships with many local organisations who cater to the homeless population to help make the most of our initiatives. For instance, we work with Centrepoint, The Passage, Age UK London, Street Storage, YMCA, New Horizon Youth Centre, and The C4WS – organisations who are all committed to helping homeless people connect with careers, housing, and education.
Case Study After Case Study…
If you visit our website, you can find where time and time again our initiatives have helped improve the life of someone in need. For instance, stclients at Centrepoint have left feedback discussing how using donated laptops helped them bridge gaps in language through ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) courses, as well as helped them find educational and career opportunities. We have received numerous such testimonials from our partners, and many of these testimonials can be found on our website.
Social Giving Reduces Emissions
Insights have shown that local giving actually helps reduce emissions, which gives our partners just one more reason to back our cause. There is a strong link between local donation, Scope 3 emissions reductions, and ESG profiles, giving our partners numerous benefits for backing our initiatives. By strengthening ties with the community, we are giving back in many ways!
“Many of our great business clients are already helping people and families in hardship by shifting their procurement and ESG policies towards local social impact which can reduce digital exclusion among the most vulnerable in this country.” said the team at SocialBox.Biz.
At SocialBox.Biz, there are some common themes. For instance, we see that donating locally benefits the community. In addition, we find that donating locally reduces Scope 3 Emissions and boosts ESG, all while helping to increase share price of companies who donate.
For longer term goals, we believe that a cross sector shift of 3% – 7% in procurement models towards local social impact for old tech can reduce digital exclusion by one-third. This is something many of our great business clients are already doing and to make this sustainable we are inviting other sectors to join to make this sustainable.
From Peter Paduh the Founder….
“We couldn’t do what we do without the support of our incredible corporate and business partners,” said SocialBox.Biz Founder Peter Paduh. Corporate partners, such as BP, Legal & General, and Regus, are Fortune 500 companies who are serious about giving back to the world around them. Through our partnership with Regus, we’ve conducted laptop drives in Regus buildings and made it easier than ever to donate old tech.
SocialBox.Biz | Peter Paduh Profile
Peter Paduh, founder at SocialBox.Biz, arrived at Heathrow Airport as a Bosnian refugee at the age of 15. From there, he spent time in a children’s home and with a foster family. When he received a secondhand laptop as a gift, things changed. He connected with the world around him in a whole new way, taking advantage of educational and career opportunities that forever shaped his life.
Now, he’s on a mission to give back. Through the Laptops for the Vulnerable Initiative, SocialBox.Biz collects old, unused, but still working technology, uploads open source software, and gives laptops to those in need, including older adults, the homeless, and asylum seekers.
Recently, Peter was featured on The Rooftop for his diligent efforts in urging companies to join the cause. So far, companies such as Regus have joined forces as collection partners, and SocialBox.Biz has working relationships with organisations including Age UK London and New Horizon Youth Centre.
Peter also speaks at conferences and workshops to encourage others to give back with similar initiatives. He recently joined CBI tasks force on helping families in hardship and spoke at CBI on digital inclusion and the larger scope of his initiative’s objectives.
Whether he’s partnering with charity organisations or corporations looking to boost social and community initiatives, Peter is always working to give back to those around him with the same technology that forever shaped his life.
Partner with SocialBox.Biz ( Updated April 2020 )
Our 2020 goal to donate 1,000 laptops to the homeless has been reached in April 2020, and we won’t stop there. If your organisation is interested in a social giving project that has already produced results and still has plenty of room for growth, then we invite you to join our cause!
As our processes and procedures for donation handover digital inclusion platform developed over the last 5 years SocialBox.Biz we now have the systems that can help thousands – if not millions of people.
Additional Quotes ( March 2020 update )…
SocialBox.Biz Founder Peter Paduh said:
– A computer provides access to loved ones without that physical
contact during this crises.
– my initiative provides computers to empower vulnerable disadvantaged
people to gain access to the internet, to enable and to promote the
principle of self determination via the access to internet.
— People are able to socialize online with their community, friends
and family, order basic life necessities like groceries, for some
people who are already isolated like the orderly this is the only
contact with outside world.
12th April 2020, Peter Paduh, Founder of SocialBox.Biz, said:“With the country under lock down, many people who previously relied on human contact are now left isolated. From older people in care homes to young refugees, hundreds of thousands are in need. “IT has never been more critical to our mental health and every firm can help plug the gap.”
Gio Valdez, Social Impact Projects Leader at SocialBox.Biz said: ‘ ‘Our team is working on donating thousands of laptops by 2030 as part of the Laptops for Homeless and Vulnerable Initiative. With our donation boxes, not only are individuals donating laptops, but they are also donating business suits and attire, shoes, other IT items, and more. Partnering with great British companies has allowed us to widen the scope of our mission.
– We are collaborating with corporations, businesses, and
organizations to provide laptops to disadvantaged people during crises
and beyond. So many people are digitally excluded from the
functioning world today. There are thousands of older people on low incomes who cannot afford to buy a computer for home use
but who could benefit from having one. Our goal is to collect as many
no longer need but still useful laptops as possible, and re-home them
to the people who need them most.
April 15 2020, Simon Francis, Chair of PRCA, said:
“PR and communications firms are sat on old and un-used IT. This is a perfect opportunity to help those whose isolation is increased because of the C-19 lockdown. “I’d urge every firm to do a quick audit of what they don’t need and get in touch with SocialBox.Biz.”
22nd August 2019, commenting on the Regus and SocialBox.Biz Laptop Donation drive for SocialBox.Biz Laptops for Homeless and Vulnerable initiative launched at a Regus-Spaces site in Camden “I’m glad this is up and running,” said Steve Adams, Councillor for Belsize, London Borough of Camden. “Any help that can be brought through this innovative social initiative is to be welcomed. Well done.”
15th April 2020, Local media wrote about our partnership with Camden Council, whose deputy leader Pat Callaghan said would ensure old laptops fulfill “amazing second lives” and help connect disadvantaged families.
Cllr Callaghan said: “The current pandemic situation, where we self-isolate has shown more than ever the importance of being able to access a computer and the internet, especially to keep in contact with our relatives and friends, and to access online services.”
SocialBox.Biz launched Laptops for Refugees initiative in Brent, North West London with a laptop handover, at a refugee education network which marked the start of a number of laptop handovers to charities already working with refugees.
London Borough of Brent Councillor Anton Georgiou said:
Everyone deserves access to the tools to enable them to achieve their full potential. The work being done by SocialBox.Biz, is leading the way with initiatives like “Laptops for the Homeless and Vulnerable.”
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