For 20 years a Hailsham charity has been helping to connect people.
Computers for Charities is celebrating two decades of service to the community and voluntary sector.
The charity refurbishes computers to support projects for people in need at home and abroad. It has seen more than 250,000 computer systems donated.
Among many worthwhile projects is the African Schools Online educational programme which the charity pioneered and gave computer access to more than 100,000 children.
It also helps UK charities by providing computers and IT support.
Chairman and founder Simon Rooksby said: “It all began in the loft of my home and has just continued to grow, no longer occupying the loft but operating from dedicated workshops. The charity’s support has also changed from local to global. Over 250,000 computer systems have been donated primarily from corporate sources and educational establishments.”
To celebrate the charity’s 20th birthday it has released a new logo with the slogan ‘Passionate about People’.
Simon continued: “Since day one the charity has operated largely unfunded and totally through the support of volunteers, which continues to this day. Operating an open door policy the charity works with a number of agencies including the Eastbourne Job Centre providing work experience opportunities to the long term and youth unemployed. Other organisations utilise the charity’s resources to provide opportunities for folk with learning disabilities, autism, physical handicap, mental health and probation to aid personal development and value.”
Simon said it is not just sponsorship from big companies that has made the charity such a success, local companies such as Chilli Graphics have helped by updating the charity’s vans and Chandlers BMW and Rossetts UK help keep the vehicles on the road.
Simon said: “Sadly more help, especially financial, is needed as we seek to simply run our workshops let alone raise much needed investment to offer wider support locally and nationally given the continuing growing need, which remains in total contrast to the recent political comment of a new austerity with wages outstripping inflation. This is certainly not a phenomena experienced by the many folk coming through our doors. Zero hour contracts, benefits issues, continued cuts to community services combined with increasing numbers of people seeking access to a heavily pruned service represent further support provided by the charity.”
Call 01323 848588 or visit www.computersforcharities.org