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

In the past months, everyone’s demand on technology to stay connected has increased. But not everyone has an adequate device to work from and 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. Also others, e.g. those shielding are in need of a functioning device.

Civil society has stepped up to provide laptops to those in need. 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 to many who are now able to stay connected and continue their education.

Here, we are listing 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.

 

Where to donate your computer (or volunteer your skills)

If you have an unused laptop at home or ask yourself “Where can I donate my old compter?”, please consider donating it to a local charity or community group. Depending on the project, also spare parts, tools, or your own time and knowledge can make a real difference! Get in touch with a project near you and ask how you can help.

England

LocationNameWhat to donateHow to donateWho receives the devices
BirminghamBirmingham Education PartnershipLaptopsEmail [email protected] to arrange a drop off or collectionStudents
BradfordBradford SolidaritechLaptops, desktops, smartphones, tabletsFill in this form.Refugees and asylum seekers
BrightonTech-TakebackLaptops, tablets, iPads, PCs, smart phones, and more
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
Fleetwood (Lancashire)West Fleetwood Computer ClinicLaptops, computersDistribution via local charities
Horley (Surrey)Level Up Laptop AppealLaptopsStudents
LondonCatbytesLaptops, tablets, desktops, monitors, smartphones, chargers for smartphones, mice, keyboards, power cables and connecting cables, mini wifi hubs that can provide internet access
Contact [email protected] or call 07939288079 to arrange a donation.Students, families, individuals without digital access
Hackney CouncilLaptopsFill in this form.Students
Lambeth Tech AidLaptops, tablets, desktops, monitors, smartphones, chargers, speakers, microphones, webcams, USB sticks, external drives, USB wifi adapters, dongles and headphonesFill in this form.Anyone in need, e.g. students, refugees, people with no recourse to public funds, women's aid contacts, seniors in supported accommodation. Distribution via local community organisations.
Mer-ITLaptops, computersFill in this form to arrange a collection or drop off.Students and teachers
LeedsDigital Access West YorkshireLaptops, Tablets, Smartphones, DesktopsFill in the donation form on the websiteStudents, learners and other digitally excluded people
Luton (Bedfordshire)Luton Learning LinkLaptops, tablets, desktop PCS
Less than 5 years old
Fill in the form at the bottom of this page.Students
PlymouthBorrow don't buyDigital devices (e.g. laptops)Contact Wendy at 07868728298 to arrange a collection.Partnering with Nudge Community Builders who distribute the devices in Stonehouse, Plymouth
Wantage (Oxfordshire)The MixLaptopsEmail [email protected]Local residents in need

Scotland

LocationNameWhat to donateHow to donateWho receives the devices
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
Highlands of ScotlandBudding EngineersLaptops, computersContact Dave at [email protected] or 07518098944 to arrange a donation.families and students without digital access

 

 

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.

  • Should donations be dropped off or will they be collected? Will broken devices be repaired? Who will receive a donated device?