Laptops for All aims to increase access to learning, enterprise and communication for people of all ages. Originally launched in 2020 as Laptops for Kids, our non-profit campaign sourced donations of 15,000 new and used devices, carried out secure erasure and distributed to schools according to need across the North of England. Now we are focusing on addressing the wider digital divide in society.
We are urging individuals and businesses to donate their unwanted tech to the campaign. All data will be wiped and devices will be repurposed before being allocated to individuals and households by our partner organisations and charities. We are also inviting people to sponsor a laptop, allowing us to provide devices free of charge while continuing to cover all costs associated with the repair and refurbishment process.
We are working with a range of charities and organisations across Sheffield to help us identify those most in need of a device. We would be delighted to hear from you if you work with individuals and families who are digitally excluded and would benefit from a laptop to access learning opportunities and other essential online services such as communication, grocery shopping and healthcare. Our current partners include: Age UK, The Food Works and Sheffield Churches Council for Community Care.
If you are a parent or guardian who would like to apply for a laptop for a pupil, please ask the school to contact Learn Sheffield in order to discuss their overall requirements. Schools are also invited to contact Learn Sheffield in the first instance.
If you would like to sponsor a device or make a cash donation to support the project, please visit our GoFundMe page - thank you for your support.
We are inviting individuals and businesses to sponsor a laptop for £60. Your generosity will mean that we will be able to provide laptops free of charge to recipients. They will be able to access educational courses, pay bills online, contact friends and family and much more which will make a real difference. Thank you!Sponsor More Info
If you have a device that you no longer use and would like to donate this to the Laptops for All scheme, please complete our donations form in the first instance; it will help us to divert your device through the appropriate process. Once the team has taken a look at the specs of your device, if they meet the requirements for use by the programme, we will be in touch with drop-off information.Donate More Info
We accept laptops or tablets with original chargers. Although we do our best to refurbish all devices in good working order, we would be grateful if you could check that your laptop or tablet meets our minimum specifications as outlined below:
Please complete our donations form, providing as much information as possible. We will review the specifications and contact you with further details and where you can drop it off.
Each device is restored to its factory settings, all data is wiped clean and an operating system is reinstalled.
We are working with global data security company Blancco which has donated erasure licences in support of the campaign. Certification to prove the process has taken place can be provided on request. Blancco is the leading provider of data erasure software and mobile diagnostics solutions. Blancco data erasure solutions have been tested, certified, approved and recommended by 15+ governing bodies and leading organisations around the world. No other data erasure software can boast this level of compliance with the rigorous requirements set by government agencies, legal authorities and independent testing laboratories. If you'd like further details, please get in touch.
We are not currently accepting donations of desktops or screens. However, we would like to encourage all businesses which might have larger batches of desktops coming to the end of their life to consider recycling these, with any residual funds being donated to support the campaign. Please get in touch to discuss this option further with us.
We would be delighted if you would like to sponsor a laptop or make a cash donation. £60 would allow an individual who has applied for a device via the scheme to be provided with a laptop free of charge. Please visit our GoFundMe page to make your donation. Thank you for your support!
The £60 covers the cost of refurbishing the laptop, wiping all data and setting up ready for use with the appropriate software. This also helps to cover any additional repairs such as replacing a screen or purchasing a charger.
We also have dongles available and are delighted to be working with Vodafone's Charities Connected scheme, offering Pay as You Go SIMs (20GB data plus unlimited calls and texts each month for a period of six months) at no charge.
Charities and organisations can apply for a device for individuals and households who they have identified as:
We invite organisations to complete our application form – we will then be back in touch with you as soon as possible.