Where to donate your computer to local people: community reuse projects in the UK

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During the pandemic, our need to stay connected remotely increased. But not everyone has an adequate device to access the internet. One poll of teachers revealed that 88% had students they believed were falling behind due to lack of access to online learning. And others are also in need of a functioning device.

Civil society has stepped up. Community groups and local initiatives across the UK ask people to donate their old laptops, computers and other electronic items. They fix and upgrade these devices and distribute them to locals in need, sometimes in partnership with a local small charity. This work is vital.

 

Where to donate your computer

Here, we list computer reuse projects across the United Kingdom that accept individual donations, for reuse in the local community. The local dimension is important to us, as it ensures that laptops will be delivered fit-for-purpose. And that potential follow-up help exists nearby.

Depending on the project, your own volunteer time and knowledge can make a real difference! Ask a project near you. And many projects are looking for cash donations.

Lastly, if you have time, learn more about thorough data erasure on our Wiki. Projects do this for you, but you can use our Wiki to learn more and verify the process with the group you are donating to.

England

LocationNameWhat to donateHow to donateWho receives the devices
East Midlands
Buxton (Derbyshire)The Zink ProjectLaptopsContact Jane at [email protected] or 075079 37554 to arrange a collection or drop off.People in need of a device to apply for jobs, access training or improve their IT skills
High Peak, Derbyshire, Tameside, Greater ManchesterPCrefurbComputers, Monitors, Phones, Tablets, PrintersFill in this formCharities, community groups, individuals in need, students
North Nottinghamshire (Bassetlaw)Worksop TechcyclersLaptops, tablets, monitors, PCs, cables (USB, HDMI, etc..), USB plugs, laptop chargers, keyboards and mice. Broken devices accepted for repair and refurbishing.Email [email protected] to arrange a collection.Local schools or charities supporting families and students without adequate access to technology for remote learning.
NottinghamNottingham Schools TrustLaptopsEmail to [email protected]Students
West Derbyshire, East NottinghamshireOckbrook and Borrowash TechcycleLaptops, tablets, e-readers, monitors, computers, mobile phones, cables (USB, HDMI, etc..), USB plugs, laptop chargers, SD cards, Anything related to Raspberry PIs or kids in tech.Email [email protected] to arrange a drop off.Donated devices are split between local schools, home without access to technology, local charities or community groups.
East of England
Aylsham (Norfolk)Rotary Club of Aylsham
LaptopsEmail Mike Downes at [email protected]Local students in need
CambridgeshireCambridge OnlineLaptops, Monitors, Mice, Keyboards, Tablets, Smartphones, SmartspeakersEmail [email protected]People in need
Cambridgeshire & PeterboroughCambs Youth PanelLaptopsEmail to [email protected]Local students
EssexEvery Child OnlineLaptopsEmail to [email protected]Local students
Luton (Bedfordshire)Luton Learning LinkLaptops, tablets, desktop PCS
Less than 5 years old
Fill in the form at the bottom of this page.Students
St AlbansComputer Friendly St AlbansLaptops, tabletsEmail to [email protected]Local residents
London
London - BromleyRotary BeckenhamLaptopsEmail to [email protected]Local primary schools
London - (City-wide pickups)Little Lives UKComputer, laptop or PC screen, TVChildren and families in need
London - City-wide pickups and drop-off in CamdenMer-ITLaptops, computersFill in this form to arrange a collection or drop off.

Drop off point at The Fields Beneath by West Kentish Town station. TheFieldsBeneath.com
52a Prince of Wales Road,
Kentish Town
NW5 3LN
Local residents, giving highest priority to families with several children at and no computer devices in the home.
London - City-wideREFEO (Refugee Education For Equal Employment Opportunities)LaptopsContact
Mariam Diakite at [email protected] to arrange a donation.
Refugees and asylum seekers
London - HackneyBridge the GapLaptops, Ipads, Tablets, Desktops, Mobile phones, Gaming consoles and PrintersFill in this form Local residents
London - Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea, WestminsterReady Tech GoLaptops, tablets, donglesFill in this form

Residents near the Imperial College White City campus can also fill in this form to book a drop off.
Local residents in need referred by another organisation
London - GreenwichAccess Support and ResourcesLaptops, TabletsEmail to Ivis at [email protected]Local residents
London - LambethLambeth Tech AidLaptops, tablets, desktops, monitors, smartphones, chargers, computer accessoriesFill in this form.Anyone in need. Distribution via local community organisations.
London - LewishamCatbytesLaptops, tablets, desktops, monitors, smartphones, chargers and computer accessories
Contact [email protected] or call 07939288079 to arrange a donation.Students, families, individuals without digital access
London - NorthCommunity LaptopsLaptopsEmail to [email protected]Marginalised communities
London - Tower HamletsTech Inclusion UKLaptops, desktop PCs, tablets, mobile phones and cablesFill in this formStudents
London - WandsworthPower to ConnectLaptops, tablets, desktop computersFill in this form Local residents in need
London - Wandsworth, Merton and KingstonKeep Kids Connected (Part of Dons Local Action Group)Laptops, tabletsFill in the online form Local students in need
North East
Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, Country DurhamDonate DigitalLaptops, PC's, Tablets, Charger Cables and ScreensFill in this form Young people in need
North West
Fleetwood (Lancashire)West Fleetwood Computer ClinicLaptops, computersDistribution via local charities
Lancaster & MorecambeLancaster and Morecambe MakersLaptopsFill in this formStudents
ManchesterMy Outsourced ITLaptops, computersFill in the donation form on their websiteLocal schools and low income families
WhitworthWhitworth Men's ShedLaptops, desktop computers, mobile phones, tabletsEmail to [email protected]Local residents
South East
BrightonTech-TakebackPCs, Tablets, Laptops, Smartphones, Data Storage (Hard Drives, USBs, Memory Cards etc), Network Devices, Other TechFill in this form or download The ZeroNet mobile app on iOS or Android to request a collection.People in need. Distributed in partnership with digital inclusion charities including Digital Brighton & Hove and with local reuse charities.
EastbourneTechResortLaptops Fill in formLocal residents in need, students
EastbourneTubbs Computer SuppliesComputers, laptops, accessoriesEmail [email protected]Local residents in need
Epsom, Ewell and LeatherheadEpsom & Ewell FoodbankLaptops, tabletsDonations can be dropped off at the Foodbank Resource Centre, Ruxley Lane, Ewell, KT19 0JGLocal school students
Hampshire (North East region)The Lions Club of FleetLaptops, computersEmail [email protected]Students
Horley (Surrey)Level Up Laptop AppealLaptopsStudents
Kent (East)Top up to TeachLaptops, tabletsFill in the contact formLocal students
North OxfordshireThrive NorthoxLaptopsEmail to [email protected] to arrange collection or drop off.Local residents
OxfordOxford IT BankLaptops, tablets, desktop PCsEmail [email protected] to arrange collection or drop-offLocal students, refugees and vulnerable people
Redhill Reigate Banstead (Surrey)Level UpLaptops[email protected] or 07776 705773Students, young people
Wantage (Oxfordshire)The MixLaptopsEmail [email protected]Local residents in need
South West
CornwallPL24RebootWindows laptopsFill in the contact formLocal students
Crewkerne and surroundingsMerriott Social ClubLaptops, tabletsDrop off in the green bin up the alleyway to left of front door of Merriott Social Club, Lower Street, Merriott
or drop off at North Perrott Fruit Farm Shop, North Perriott.
Local schools
BristolDigilocalLaptopsDrop off points at several Avon Fire & Rescue stationsResidents in need
PlymouthBorrow don't buyDigital devices (e.g. laptops)Contact them via their website.Local residents in need
WiltshireWiltshire Digital DriveLaptopsDrop off Mon-Fri 9am to 5pm at Priority IT, Unit 4, Mill Lane, Hawke Ridge Business Park, Westbury, BA13 4LDLocal residents
Wimborne, DorsetWimborne Laptop ShareLaptopsEmail to [email protected]Students in need
West Midlands
BirminghamBirmingham Education PartnershipLaptopsEmail [email protected] to arrange a drop off or collectionStudents
Coventry & WarwickshireThe speedy bearLaptops, tablets, computersFill in this form
The Speedy Bear offers collection from your door between 10am - 1pm Monday to Saturday
or Drop Offs at the following locations
1. Baginton Village - Mon to Sat 2pm - 8pm
2. Finham - 8am - 7pm Mon to Sat
3. Kenilworth - 10am - 4pm
4. Southam - Times TBC
5. Tile Hill - 6pm - 7pm Mon, Tue, Thurs, Fri, Sat
6. Leamington Spa (Morrisons Supermarket) - When Open
7. Coundon (Morrisons Supermarket) - When Open
Local schools
Shropshire8bits1byteLaptops, tablets, desktop computersFill in this formLocal students
StaffordFreeITLaptops, tablets, desktop PCs, peripheralsCollection points:
Elev8 Highfields, Auden Way ST179TX - 9am to 2pm weekdays
Tranquility, Castlefields ST161BQ - 9am to 4pm weekdays
Contact FreeIT via [email protected] or 01785 531199
Local families
Yorkshire and the Humber
BradfordBradford SolidaritechLaptops, desktops, smartphones, tabletsFill in this form.Refugees and asylum seekers
Calderdale, Burnley, RochdaleTechtasticLaptopsFill in this form to arrange a collectionYoung people without access to online learning
HalifaxSt Augustines CentreLaptops, tabletsFill in the contact formLocal residents
Hull & East YorkshireTimebank Hull & East RidingLaptopsFill in this form.People in need
LeedsDigital Access West YorkshireLaptops, Tablets, Smartphones, DesktopsFill in the donation form on the websiteStudents, learners and other digitally excluded people
SheffieldLaptops for KidsLaptops, tablets, desktop PCsFill in the contact formYoung people
YorkCommunity Furniture StoreLaptops, tablets, desktop PCsDrop off at one of their storesLocal residents

Scotland and Wales

LocationNameWhat to donateHow to donateWho receives the devices
Scotland
EdinburghEdinburgh Remakery
Laptops, tablets, iPads, PCs, smart phones, cables, chargers, and routersDrop off at 127 Leith Walk from 12-2pm Mondays-Fridays.
Edinburgh and East LothianPeople Know HowLaptops, tablets, desktop computers, monitors, cables, chargersEmail [email protected] to arrange a collection. Or drop off at our offices at 525 Ferry Road, EH5 2FF, open Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm.people who received a shielding letter, students in home schooling, people on low income and others
GlasgowGlasgow Remade NetworkLaptops, computersDrop off at Repair Stop at The Deep End, Nithsdale Street from Monday to Saturday between 12-2pm.local residents in need
GlasgowREFEO (Refugee Education For Equal Employment Opportunities)LaptopsContact
Mariam Diakite at [email protected] to arrange a donation.
Refugees and asylum seekers
Highlands of ScotlandBudding EngineersLaptops, computersContact Dave at [email protected] or 07518098944 to arrange a donation.families and students without digital access
Scotland - all regionsReusing ITLaptops, computers, tabletsDonations can be collect or dropped off - Unit 9&10 Camps Industrial Estate, East Calder, EH27 8DFDigitally Excluded Children, Families, Students, Pensioners and Individuals
Selkirk, Central Scottish Borders - ON HOLDThe General StoreLaptops, tablets, desktop computersThis project is currently on hold.

Message on Facebook to arrange a collection.
Local residents
TaysideHome Computers Support (HCS)Laptops, computers, tabletsContact Malcolm at 07450676060Students, families and the NHS
Wales
CardiffRe3LaptopsFill in this form to arrange a drop off or collectionLocal students
NewportDonate IT WalesLaptopsFill in this formStudents
North WalesWales Recycle ITLaptops, Computers, Tablets, Monitors, Smartphones, Hard Drives, Network Devices, Other TechTo arrange a collection please Email [email protected] or Tel: 01248 858371. Or drop off at our warehouse Unit 9 Pen yr Orsedd, Industrial Estate Road, Llangefni, Anglesey. LL77 7AW Monday to Friday 9am-5pmLocal residents in need

 

Download the data

You can download a CSV file of the organisations listed here (last update 22nd February 2021). Please attribute to us when you use it. The data is licensed as CC BY-SA 4.0.

 

 

Join an emerging Digital Access network

The groups listed above are beginning to network, to share experience and skills, with the push coming from Digital Access West Yorkshire. Join the conversation on Twitter: #DigitalAccess2021 or join a Slack group hosted by London Tech Collective.

 

Suggest a community computer reuse organisation

If you know of an organisation or project that we have not yet listed, please get in touch with us through the form below. We’re looking for groups that accept individual donations, for reuse in the local community.

Please note that we cannot list schools, organisations or projects unless they have publicly accessible information about their initiative, such as a webpage.

If your school needs computers, please make your request to TechforUK or Business2Schools. If you need help starting your own scheme to receive donations, see Nominet’s Reboot Project.