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 ( 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.
November 18 2020
Harriet Walker, Sustainability Executive from Mazars said: “At Mazars we are committed to ensuring that as little of our waste as possible, goes to landfill. Through partnering with SocialBox, and donating over 1,000 items of hardware from our offices across the UK, we have contributed towards their Laptops for Homeless, Refugees, and Older People in Isolation campaign. We are proud to support such a worthwhile initiative, and pleased that we could give our items a second lease of life!”
November 18 2020
Theo Blackwell, London’s Chief Digital Officer said: “Access to a PC or device to get online for those who can’t afford one is a very real need for many vulnerable Londoners, especially during the pandemic. I’m pleased that City Hall can support SocialBox.Biz’s work in this area whilst also reducing our electronic waste.”
Peter Paduh, founder of SocialBox.Biz, said: “The pandemic has rammed home the need for digital exclusion to be prioritised immediately. I’m really pleased to work with government and business leaders in London who get how important this is too.”
According to Age UK London, more than half (51%) of digitally excluded
people are over the age of 65.
The team at Age UK London commented during C19 crisis: “The current situation is shedding light on the need for people to be connected and informed through the internet and being online is a lifeline now more than ever.”
Abigail Wood, Age UK London CEO, said:
“The laptops from SocialBox.Biz that we’ve been able to distribute have made a huge difference to the lives of older Londoners receiving them, and helped to tackle social isolation during this difficult time.”
The team at Age UK Wansdsworth said: “We are so grateful to SocialBox.Biz for the devices that we have received. Digital exclusion is a known issue in the older generation, but this has been exacerbated by COVID-19 when access to public computers has been limited and when so many services and activities have moved online. We have been able to deploy these devices in areas of the borough where older people may not have the means to buy their own equipment and have offered support from our team of ‘Digipals’.”
Despite the challenges presented by the c-19 pandemic, SocialBox.Biz was able to deliver on the historic laptop milestone earlier this year (2020). “What SocialBox.Biz is doing today is absolutely remarkable and indicative of what is possible when businesses decide to give back,” said Sam Forsdike at C4WS Homeless project in Camden, London, “We were honored to be the location of the 1000th laptop handover, and we pledge to continue to change lives with access to electronics today.”
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.”
Councillor David van der Burg, Green Party, Haydock ward, St Helens MBC said:
I should be delighted to add my name. Digital inclusion is incredibly important, and by reusing equipment you are helping to reduce waste and other environmental impacts.
Cllr Dinah Barry, Enfield Community First Group Leader said:
The work Socialbox.biz does benefits everyone: those who donate know they have put something they no longer need to good use, those who do the upgrades learn and develop valuable skills and of course those who receive the laptops and tablets are once more able to see and speak to their loved ones, ending the misery of loneliness and isolation. Finally we all benefit – less damage is done to our environment because fewer resources are taken from the planet. As one of my residents wrote: “I was particularly pleased to know that reconditioned laptops are going to be available to those in need. So many of my older friends have never joined the computer and internet generation. Now is definitely the time to learn new skills. They are at an extreme disadvantage otherwise.”
UK Politicians Across Parties Working Together to Fight Social Exclusion with Re-used Tech
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM, October 13, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — These days, anyone without digital access is a second-class citizen. And for Britain’s most deprived people this lack of access is another barrier to their getting back on their feet. And yet all over the UK there are thousands of computers that have been replaced by newer models, just sitting in storerooms. Although they are not the most up to date, these machines can be reused to change people’s lives. That is why local and national politicians are working together to ask large organisations to release their old computers for purposeful reuse.
One of the signatories is Lord Chris Fox, Business and Industrial Strategy spokesperson for the Liberal Democrats. He commented: “This is a win – win for organisations. It helps them to meet their sustainability goals and it help change people’s lives for the better. That is why politicians of different parties are working together with other leaders to fight social exclusion through re-used tech. ”
SocialBox.Biz, a London-based community interest company and technology venture that hosts the ‘laptops for the homeless and elderly initiative,’ announced they have teamed up with local British politicians to bridge the digital divide during Covid-19. House of Lords and Local Elected Members across parties signed a letter to help to extend their initiative that places working reused laptops with open source software into the hands of those in accommodation services. SocialBox.Biz is highlighting the importance of digital inclusion now more than ever.
Cllr Paul Swaddle, Westminster City Council Cabinet Member for Community Services and Digital, said: “Lockdown has only emphasised the importance of technology and demonstrated how it can truly offer a lifeline for the most vulnerable people in our society. “
This initiative from SocialBox.Biz will provide more people with digital access than ever before – all in an environmentally friendly way, by reusing old equipment. For older people, having access to a tablet or a laptop will help combat loneliness and isolation, a concern which is particularly pressing during the pandemic. “The scheme will also allow many unemployed people to re-train and learn new skills – helping people to apply for and secure new jobs.”
SocialBox.Biz is working to hit additional 1000s of laptops handover milestones in the coming years and provide access to skills. Several other causes are reaching out to SocialBox.Biz daily to enquire about available laptops for their clients in need of digital inclusion in isolation. Laptops for the Homeless and Vulnerable Initiative needs your support, now more than ever. Please contact SocialBox.Biz today!
Notes to editors
SocialBox.Biz is a community interest company (CIC) improving the local community by providing innovative tech solutions. For many years, SociaBox.Biz has been helping those who can not afford any kind of computer. This phenomenon has become known as Digital Inclusion.
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