Community TechAid is a south London charity that is helping to bridge the digital divide by providing information technology and the skills to use it to those without. We collect computers, tablets and mobile phones that people no longer need, remove all data and refurbish the devices, so they are in good working order and ready to deliver to people in need. We work with local schools, disability, refugee and other community focused organisations to identify recipients and deliver the devices.
To date, we have worked with over 70 Lambeth based organisations to get over
500 members of our community online, and demand continues to grow.
The lockdown legacy means much of daily life has moved online, and is likely to remain there for the foreseeable future. Access to a digital device opens up job seeking, adult education and apprenticeships as well as access to health and wellbeing resources. Despite students returning to school, digital inclusion remains a problem. Children will increasingly need digital access and skills for their future.
Community TechAid is proud to have Labour MP for Streatham, Bell Ribeiro-Addy as our Patron.
Our work is supported with generosity from the Walcot Foundation, Battersea Power Station Foundation, Lambeth Council, Thrale Almhouse, Lambeth Forum Network, Millennium Community Services and the London Community Response Fund.
Community TechAid are incredibly proud to have MP for Streatham,
Bell Ribeiro-Addy as our patron.
The role reflects Bell's incredible work in helping bridge the digital divide across Streatham, by encouraging residents to donate unwanted laptops to schools. Including recently launching our 'Laptops for Learning' campaign, a fundraiser to purchase laptops for children across Streatham
who don't have access to remote learning.
As Community TechAid continued to grow, we are excited to work with Bell, in providing devices to those that desperately need them, and developing ongoing support through workshops and classes.
Recipients are identified by local schools, charities and voluntary groups. Students, young people leaving the care system, women identified by women’s aid groups, housing association residents, refugees and families with “No Recourse to Public Funds’’* all have received devices from us. Many more requests are in the pipeline. Additional requests from other organisations are in the queue, and we believe that there is a considerably wider need for technology and internet access amongst Lambeth’s diverse communities.
Our current and pending recipients’ list includes the following organisations:
Friends of Reay Charity
In order to respond to as broad a range of requests as possible, we ask that organisations limit each request to no more than 5 devices in total. Following delivery of these, the requesting organisation is then welcome to submit another request for up to 5 more devices. There is no limit to the number of requests they can submit but we ask that they wait for an outstanding request to be filled before submitting a further request.
*No recourse to public funds (NRPF) is a term used for people who are subject to immigration control and have no entitlement to welfare benefits, to home office asylum support for asylum seekers or to public housing. They include families with young children and vulnerable young people with nowhere to turn.