Wiltshire Digital Drive is still working hard to collect, refurbish and distribute laptops and devices to those who need them around Wiltshire.
They have now received the backing of Salisbury BID and added drop off points in Salisbury.
The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the digital divide as many of the families forced to homeschool children struggle to do so due to a lack of technology. This is why Salisbury BID and Wilsons Solicitors LLP are backing the Wiltshire Digital Drive (WDD) and asking Salisbury businesses to do the same.
Wiltshire Digital Drive is a Community Interest Company (CIC) that refurbishes and recycles donated laptops and other devices to gift back to the community, enabling education.
From April to December 2020, 225 laptops were refurbished, recycled and passed on to schools, charities, voluntary organisations, the local council and families in need. The overall mission of WDD is to refurbish and gift 10,000 laptops between 2020 and 2023.
In order to make it easier for businesses to donate, and to help reach that 10,000 total, Wilsons Solicitors LLP have opened a collection point for laptops, computers and tablets. Devices can be taken to their Salisbury office every Monday and Wednesday from 11 am to 1 pm.
Dan Collins, Salisbury BID Business Manager, said: “We have seen what an impact the pandemic has had on education and when we heard about the amazing work of the Wiltshire Digital Drive we wanted to show our support. We hope by Wilsons Solicitors LLP opening a drop-off point in Salisbury it will make it easier for businesses to donate their unwanted devices. Many of us have old laptops or tablets collecting dust, either at home or in the office, so this project will put them to good use and really help a child’s education. A big thank you to Wilsons Solicitors LLP who have allowed the collection to take place.”
More information on the project and how to get involved can be found on the Wiltshire Digital Drive website https://www.wiltshiredigitaldrive.org/