About Us

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 150 south London organisations to get over

850 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.


Linda Heiden

Founder & Chair of Trustees


Phil Shoesmith



Richard Hastings



Fatima Hassan



Jim Ottaway

Technical Operations Manager


Justin Hughes

Transport Officer


Matt Luscombe



Cat Smith

Chief Operating Officer


Stephanie Charbine

Donations & Distribution Manager


Who Benefits


Our Patron:

Bell Ribeiro-Addy


Community TechAid is 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. Bell recently launched 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 continues 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:​​​​​​​​​​​​



Age UK Lambeth

Archbishop Tenison’s School

Be Enriched

Bishop Thomas Grant Secondary School

Brixton Community Base

Black Prince Trust

Bonneville Primary School

Brix&ClapPk Patients

Brixton hill islamic centre mosque


Carer's Hub Lambeth

Central Southwark Community Hub

Coin Street

Community Support Network South London

Cottington Close RMO


Christ Church SW9 Primary School

Citizens UK

Clapham Park Foodbank


Cowley R M O Ltd

Deronda Estate TRA


Elmgreen School, Parent Promoters

Ebony Horse Club

Elm Court School

Elm Wood Primary School

Friends of Reay Charity

Fenwick and Willington road tenants and residents association

Focus Support Group

Freedom from Torture

Glory of Christ Ministry


Glenbrook Primary School

Helen Bamber Foundation

Henry Fawcett Primary

Herne Hill Forum

Herne Hill Welcomes Refugees

Healthy Living Platform

Henry Fawcett Primary


High Trees Community Development Trust


Hitherfield Primary School & Children's Centre

Homes for Lambeth

Hyderi Islamic School

I AM IN ME Community Interest Company

Indoamerican Refugee and Migrant Organization

Julian's Primary School

Kanlungan Filipino Consortium

Lambeth Adult Social Care

Lambeth Children Social Services

Lambeth Council

Lambeth IAPT 

Lambeth LEO Community Mental Health Team

Lambeth Local Authority

Lambeth Youth Offending Service

LEAP Overcrowded Hsg Service

London Nautical School

Lavender Hope

Livity School

Lookahead Lambeth mental health floating support services

Loughborough Estate Management Board Ltd

Love Streatham

Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing


Mosaic Clubhouse

Movement For Justice

Millennium Community Solutions

Mitchell Brook Primary School


Oasis Hub Waterloo

Our Lady of the Rosary Church

Parish of Herne Hill


People First Self Advocacy

Rathbone Society

Rastafari Movement UK

Raw Material Music and Media Education

Repowering London

Richard Atkins School

Riverside Care and Support

South London Cares


Single Homeless Project 

Southwark Day Centre for Asylum seekers

St Mary's RC Primary School

St Vincent De Paul Society


Sister System

Solace Women's Aid

South Bank UTC

South London & Maudsley Trust

South London Refugee Association

St Michael's Fellowship

St. Andrews CE Primary School

The Sapphire Foundation

St. Andrews CE Primary School

Stockwell Primary School

Thames Reach

The Beth Centre

The Livity School

The Refugee Council

The Upper Norwood Library Hub

Vauxhall Foodbank

Waterloo Action Centre

Whitehorse Manor Junior School

Waltham Estate RMO

Weir Link

WLM St Luke's

Women In Prison



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.