In Spring and Summer 2020 we worked with Derbyshire County Council Thriving Communities programme.
Thriving Communities obtained laptops and computers that were no longer needed by Council employees. With the help of the DCC IT department, the computers were transferred to PCrefurb. Our role was to refurbish them and carry out software installations before returning them to Thriving Communities. They would then be redistributed in the community.
This project was an environmental success as it meant DCC did not have to dispose of the computers; a social success in that the computers went to those in greatest need, supported by Thriving Communities; and a success for PCrefurb in that we had a specific task for our volunteers to work on at the height of the 2020 lockdown. By ensuring safe working practices and social distancing a team of 7 were able to work with shared purpose.
Some of the computers were destined for those who were particularly affected by the lockdown including school students with no access to equipment at home, job seekers, those who were isolating for clinical reasons. These groups are those that PCrefurb support in our everyday core work, so our volunteers were particularly keen to support this work and make a difference.