Training for those who need it the most

A Socialbox.biz blog post update by Jenni (January 2018)

New Year, New Classes – Happy New Year from all of us at SocialBox.biz!

Were excited to announce an expansion of our services as we enter 2018 through new classes in the community!

As you may know, were 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.

We have reached the huge milestone of 200th laptop for our Laptops for Homeless people initiative, so now, were 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, its 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 Kingdoms 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. Were 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.

 

 

 

This laptop changed my life (case study update April 2018)

This laptop changed my life (case study)

Further fact and figures on homelessness  + comments and testimonials from the launch of our laptops for homeless support initiative

Laptops for Homeless support – latest updates

 

Young unaccompanied refugees benefit from laptops so they can do their homework (Case Study British Red Cross)

Young unaccompanied refugees benefit from laptops so they can do their homework (case study)

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.

SocialBox.biz 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 were making great strides! And now, the award winning E-Learning Solutions 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

http://elearningsolutions.co.ke/course-cat/information-technology/

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 advanced course on open source Linux software which is free for everyone to take online via the link below:

https://www.edx.org/course/introduction-linux-linuxfoundationx-lfs101x-1

“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.

 

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.

Socialbox.biz team has also been invited to deliver a panel lectures for college students at the award winning Basingstoke College of Technology. The team will be discussing with students how to start a business and how their business can make a difference in the world. We will be exploring how to deliver these lectures via e-learning at no cost to the disadvantaged groups.
Is your company looking for a way to create long-term change in the UKs technology and social landscape? Send us a message to learn about our technology training and corporate governance solutions!
Are you holding onto old technology that could be reused by someone in need? Please consider helping a homeless UK resident get back on his or her feet.

Boost the local community and your Corporate Governance with old laptops from your office

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