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Charity to repurpose unwanted tech during Covid-19

Climate Action Ilkley is working together with Digital Access West Yorkshire (DAWY) to help connect together communities and families across Leeds and Bradford.

On Saturday 27 June, the charity will welcome donations from Wharfedale households and businesses of unwanted digital technology at Booths supermarket in Ilkley between 10am and 12 noon.

Devices for donation:

  • smart phones, tablets, laptops (all including charging cables), old & new phone chargers, printers in working order, gaming towers & any unused printer cartridges

  • must be owned by you

  • ideally less than 5 years old

  • lightly wiped clean and put into a bag/box, with chargers attached

Donated devices will be wiped, reset, clean and distributed by DAWY to a referred recipient of either their own or their Bradford-based partners Solidaritech. The people and families that are chosen will be selected by partners who have strong links with the community.

Climate Action Ilkley member and local resident Ruth McBain, who is coordinating the collection, says:

“With the current crisis, we can see many divisions widening across our society, including those caused by a lack of access to technology. I’m sure many of us have unwanted devices in our homes and offices, which could now be professionally cleaned and repurposed, helping someone nearby with their schooling, food ordering, job applications, keeping in touch and other tasks that many of us take for granted.”

DAWY co-founder Emma Bearman adds:

“The effect of home-schooling has been overwhelming on children and young people during the lockdown, and we know that social connectivity can help them to maintain friendships and belonging throughout this time of isolation. Help us to support children and families across the region by addressing inequalities and a digital divide, making sure that more people can connect during this difficult time.” If you don’t have a device to give, you can still give to DAWY “Go Fund Me” and the money will go towards data plans for people who need access to digital.

Further details of the collection event can be found the EventBrite page


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