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

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.

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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.

 

Quick jump links

England: East Midlands; East of England; London; North East; North West; South East; South West; West Midlands; Yorkshire and the Humber

Scotland: Scotland

Wales: Wales

 

England

LocationNameWhat to donateHow to donateWho receives the devices
East Midlands
Buxton (Derbyshire)The Zink ProjectLaptopsEmail Jane or call 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 to arrange a collectionLocal schools or charities supporting families and students without adequate access to technology for remote learning.
NottinghamNottingham Schools TrustLaptopsEmail FrancesStudents
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 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 MikeLocal students in need
CambridgeshireCambridge OnlineLaptops, Monitors, Mice, Keyboards, Tablets, Smartphones, SmartspeakersEmail to enquirePeople in need
Cambridgeshire & PeterboroughCambs Youth PanelLaptopsEmail to enquireLocal students
EssexEvery Child OnlineLaptopsEmail to enquireLocal 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 enquireLocal residents
London
London - BromleyRotary BeckenhamLaptopsEmail PeterLocal 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)Laptops (with Windows 7 or above)
Apple laptops (any)
Tablets
iPads
Smartphones
Cables and chargers
Contact
Mariam Diakite 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 IvisLocal residents
London - LambethCommunity Tech Aid (formerly Lambeth Tech Aid)Laptops, 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
Email Damian or call 07939288079 to arrange a donation.Students, families, individuals without digital access
London - NorthCommunity LaptopsLaptopsEmail to enquireMarginalised 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 enquireLocal 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 ChrisLocal 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 to enquireStudents
Horley (Surrey)Level Up Laptop AppealLaptopsStudents
Kent (East)Top up to TeachLaptops, tabletsFill in the contact formLocal students
North OxfordshireThrive NorthoxLaptops Email to arrange collection or drop offLocal residents
OxfordOxford IT BankLaptops, tablets, desktop PCsEmail to arrange collection or drop-offLocal students, refugees and vulnerable people
Redhill Reigate Banstead (Surrey)Level UpLaptopsEmail or phone 07776 705773Students, young people
Wantage (Oxfordshire)The MixLaptopsEmail to enquireLocal 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
SomersetDonateITLaptops, tablets, desktop PCs, phonesDrop off at one of their drop off locations: https://www.donateit.co.uk/dropoff.pdfYoung, elderly and vulnerable in Somerset and surrounding
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 enquireStudents in need
West Midlands
BirminghamBirmingham Education PartnershipLaptopsEmail to arrange a drop off or collectionStudents
Birmingham, Coventry, Solihull, WarwickshireThe speedy bearLaptops, tablets, computersFind drop off points or book a collection at Local schools and charities
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 Local families
WolverhamptonWolves Tech AidLaptops, desktop PCs and tablets in working orderDrop off at one of the collection points listed at https://wolvestechaid.com/Local students
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

Quick jump links

Scotland and Wales: Scotland; Wales

England: back up to England

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 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)Laptops (with Windows 7 or above)
Apple laptops (any)
Tablets
iPads
Smartphones
Cables and chargers
Email Mariam Diakite to arrange a donation.Refugees and asylum seekers
Highlands of ScotlandBudding EngineersLaptops, computersEmail Dave or call 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 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.