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A Marketing Stockport members’ event proved to be the catalyst for two of its members, DSG Finance Group’s leasing.cars and Community Computers, to work together to support those in need while saving the planet.
When Phil Kehoe, Head of Stockport based DSG Finance Group’s leasing.cars attended an event at neighbouring Orbit’s Park Square Office Development, Stockport Community Computers put out a call for businesses to dig out redundant computers and digital devices and donate them to their charity.
Being a business driven by the latest technology and a desire to be carbon neutral, Phil had a hunch there were a number of computers that were no longer in daily office use but still had years of useful life that could help someone to get online and become digitally connected. The result? 61 laptops handed over and a decent carbon offset.
James Brownbill, Environmental and Conservation Graduate at DSG, who managed the partnership said:
“I feel really proud that DSG have partnered with Community Computers, a not-for-profit initiative operating in the Greater Manchester area and Stockport. They specialise in hiring and training people in refurbishing old computers and laptops to help low-income families get online.
“At DSG we cleared an old IT storeroom and were able to donate 61 Laptops and 3 boxes of headsets. Every piece of tech that can be reused and up-cycled helps reduce the number of new devices being manufactured. In turn reducing the amount of carbon produced. For 61 Laptops that’s 25,742 kg of Co2 prevented!
“This can really help digitally excluded communities get better connected and access essential services such as booking GP appointments, Council services, email, Job Searching and interviews.
“Each donation helps to support the long-term unemployed with work experience and skills. Each year Stockport Community Computers are able to hire and train people in the world of IT recycling and refurbishment.
“I would encourage anyone with waste IT equipment to consider donating them to Community Computers. They offer completely free collections and data destruction. The staff are friendly and professional. After a donation you receive a report showing you the difference you can make to the environment and the local community.”