A Socialbox.biz blog post update by Jenni (January 2018)
New Year, New Classes – Happy New Year from all of us at SocialBox.biz!
We’re excited to announce an expansion of our services as we enter 2018 through new classes in the community!
As you may know, we’re on a mission to help more than 1,000 homeless and disadvantaged people with donated used laptops via our charitable partnerships by the year 2020. Part of our social and digital inclusion mission is to help homeless and disadvantaged people get their lives back on track. Laptops are handed to homeless and disadvantaged individuals once they have moved into accommodation and complete some training classes.
— socialboxbiz (@SocialBoxBiz) July 31, 2017
We have reached the huge milestone of 200th laptop for our Laptops for Homeless people initiative, so now, we’re making this donation even more impactful by providing IT training to the homeless and disadvantaged individuals for our partners who receive laptops from our program.
These additional partnerships will help expand our reach across more UK territories, including Scotland as well as help other disadvataged groups such as those at risk of homelessness. Previously, we were only able to reach homeless laptop recipients in London.
Today, it’s very difficult to live without regular access to the internet because of all the services that can only practically be used online, such as job application tools and banking resources. Unfortunately, many of the United Kingdom’s homeless population have never used a computer before and still feel lost even after receiving a donated laptop. To solve this problem, we have begun to deliver classes at partnering organization. Through these tutoring sessions, laptop recipients learn to use communication networks like email, search engines, online shopping, online learning, computer games etc. We’re also teaching disadvantaged and formerly homeless individuals how to use open source office software which is compatible with applications like Word, Excel, and PowerPoint to prepare documents and CVs with with no cost to the user. These lessons will help laptop recipients create resumes and learn office skills as they prepare to enter the workforce.
— Step Up (@stepuplondon) October 18, 2017
Big thanks to @SocialBoxBiz for their latest donation of laptops to @ThamesReach. Two @stepuplondon clients who received laptops are now in #livingwage roles. Excited to give away 8 more laptops tomorrow as part of a digital skills workshop led by @RobHPayne of @prospect_us pic.twitter.com/HMooZRw4vF
— Step Up (@stepuplondon) April 11, 2018
This laptop changed my life (case study update April 2018)
Further fact and figures on homelessness + comments and testimonials from the launch of our laptops for homeless support initiative
Young unaccompanied refugees benefit from laptops so they can do their homework (Case Study British Red Cross)
New E-Learning Solutions Training
Sometimes, the people who need computer and technology training the most have no access to these resources. University courses on these topics may be too expensive, and many vulnerable populations (such as the homeless, refugees, and recent immigrants) lack the ability to obtain a working computer to practice these skills.
is actively working to alleviate the stress caused by a lack of digital inclusion with our Laptops for Homeless initiative. Our goal is to provide minimum 1,000 laptops to qualifying homeless and disadvantaged individuals by the year 2020, and we’re making great strides! And now, the award winning team is helping us develop a course about open source software, which offers free word processing, email, and other basic programs for anyone to use. For free and low cost courses on basic IT skills and other topics please visit our partner’s website
Additional free resources to learn about Linux and open source software are provided by The Linux Foundation and available via the innovative Edx platform founded by Harvard and MIT.
The Linux Foundation sponsors the work of Linux creator Linus Torvalds and lead maintainer Greg Kroah-Hartman and is supported by members such as Cisco, Fujitsu, Hitachi, IBM, Intel, NEC, Oracle…
The Linux Foundation has created a more on open source Linux software which is free for everyone to take online via the link below:
“Laptops for Homeless is a wonderful initiative, 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,” said Linux Foundation General Manager, Training & Certification, Clyde Seepersad. “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.”
In addition to offering these client-facing courses, our founder Peter Paduh is participating in a new lecture series on entrepreneurship offered through his alma mater, University of Westminster Business school which will also be available for free online.
— Westminster BSchool (@uw_wbs) October 5, 2017
He will be educating students on “What It Takes to be an Entrepreneur” with emphasis on socially focused entrepreneurship by sharing his personal story of how he started SocialBox.biz and the lessons he learned along the way with hundreds of students. Peter is one of several Westminster alumni who are offering their advice and experiences to teach new students about successful entrepreneurship.
For those interested in starting their own business our partner E-Learning solutions has an introductory course on Entrepreneurship available via their website. The course is designed to help students evaluate the business skills and commitment necessary to successfully operate an entrepreneurial venture and review the challenges and rewards of entrepreneurship. Students will learn about themselves, their decisions, and their goals to determine how entrepreneurship can play a role in their lives.