LONDON, July 7, 2020, – Community interest company (CIC) SocialBox.Biz is committed to helping the local community with innovative tech solutions, and they’ve just announced a partnership with High View Primary School and others to further their cause.
Since schools, colleges and universities are expected to meet their social obligations towards their community, country, etc., SocialBox.Biz wants educational institutions to know they are available for partnering and supporting that endeavor.
SocialBox.Biz manages a “Laptops for the Vulnerable Initiative” in which they take outdated no longer needed but still useful electronics from companies, wipe them clean, and place them in accommodation services. These laptops help the refugees, homeless, and older people get into contact with their loved ones, as well as apply to jobs.
Isolated, vulnerable members of the community have long suffered with a shortage of laptops and computers, and SocialBox.Biz has been working to help these groups with its digital inclusion initiative Laptops for the Homeless and Vulnerable Initiative for many years. Now, High View Primary School and from other schools in the London and beyond are already excellent case studies how the educational institutions will be helping those in need and showcasing their non-educational benefits.
The Head of High View Primary School tweeted that they were looking forward to working with SocialBox.Biz’s Homeless and Vulnerable Initiative. Charities supporting older people, homeless and refugees are also included in the initiative. They are excited that their old computers are being reused with Neverware and other open source software, which will prolong the lifespan of old, no longer needed but still useful computer hardware.
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“Neverware has always focused on increasing access to fast, secure computers for the people that need them most,” said Andrew Bauer, CEO of Neverware. “We often say that CloudReady is an operating system for everyone, so I’m pleased and grateful that SocialBox.Biz and High View Primary School are using the CloudReady Home Edition as part of this digital inclusion initiative.”
Ryan Gandola, senior social impact consultant at SocialBox.Biz said,“This cause will also help students from schools and universities learn more about social impact, reuse, rehoming of items, and sustainability and fulfill their social contract at the same time. SocialBox.Biz is always available to deliver its digital inclusion services and support the local community.”
Due to C-19, SocialBox.Biz is ramping up collection efforts, as well as partnerships with local schools and organizations who can participate so that SocialBox.Biz can help homeless centres and older people accommodation services and refugees.
SocialBox.Biz founder Peter Paduh said, “The Laptops for the Homeless and Vulnerable Initiative empowers disadvantaged people and promotes the principle of self-determination via access to the internet. People are able to socialize online with their community, friends, and family and order basic necessities such as groceries. For some people who are already isolated, like the elderly, this is the only contact they may have with the outside world.”
“We are providing schools with an opportunity to look good and attract recognition, awards, and new students, as well as provide an educational opportunity to teach youngsters about the power of giving back,” added Peter.
Reusing old tech also emphasizes the important of sustainability and extending the lifespan of technology to reduce e-waste in the future. Schools can showcase sustainable credentials and also receive green awards and grants for their commitment to the environment.
“We want everyone interested to get involved in this initiative so we can make a big impact on our community moving forward,” said Peter. “Especially with the c-19, there is more we can be doing to help vulnerable.”
Cllr Anton Georgiou from the London Borough of Brent said, “I am pleased to be supporting the brilliant work being done by Peter and SocialBox.Biz. As a local Councillor in Brent, I am acutely aware that there are many vulnerable groups, including young refugees and asylum seekers in my borough who require computer equipment to help them continue learning. Often it is these groups who require the most support, and in these difficult times it is paramount that we do all we can to get them the equipment they need in order to limit any long term impact from being unable to study as normal.
It has been good to introduce SocialBox.Biz to Brent based charities, Young Roots who are also seeking to address the needs of vulnerable groups. I am hopeful that this collaboration will result in more people in Brent getting access to needed computer equipment.”
International workspace provider, Regus, has teamed up with the social enterprise firm SocialBox.Biz to set up donation points in over 100 Regus sites in London and beyond.
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SocialBox.Biz is a community interest company (CIC) improving the local community by providing innovative tech solutions.