Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, has backed a local initiative which aims to tackle digital poverty across Tameside.
Tameside Community Computers CIC is run in partnership with ZenTec solutions, and is the brainchild of Mike Brooks and Ceridwen Grimshaw.
The Community Interest Company collects unwanted tech, including laptops, desktops and monitors, refurbishes it and then donates it back to charities and community groups. The mission of Tameside Community Computers is to help children and young adults gain access to technology.
Since the 1st of September 2022, the group has donated 23 Desktop & Monitor setups, 12 laptops over £7,000 and more. Tameside Community Computers estimates that there are approximately 8,000 children living in Tameside that do not have access to technology at home or broadband.
Supporting the initiative, Andrew Gwynne said:
“In this digital age, access to technology is essential for people right across Tameside. Everything – whether it’s work, paying the bills or speaking to friends and family – seems to be facilitated in some way by technology.
“It’s therefore vital that we make sure everyone has access to digital technology, otherwise we’re effectively shutting out thousands of people across Tameside.
“I’m therefore delighted to support the work of Tameside Community Computers. This fantastic initiative reduces waste and redistributes tech to those who need it. If you have any unwanted devices or tech, please do get in touch with this brilliant organisation.”
If you would like to arrange a FREE collection of any unwanted devices please contact Tameside Community Computers at email@example.com or via telephone at 0161 553 0060. All data on donated devices is securely destroyed.