Over 400 reconditioned computers and laptops are available to be bought by residents who may not otherwise be able to afford them.
The equipment is being made available through Bristol Computer Reuse in partnership with Byteback IT Solutions and Bristol City Council to provide affordable computers to individuals and families on low incomes or who face other challenges.
Since starting in 2008, the project has managed to find 2,500 new homes for old machines no longer needed by the council, local businesses or other organisations.
In order to be eligible for the project residents have to meet one or more of the following criteria:
• Over 65 years of age
• Have a disability
• Are a full time carer
• Receive means tested benefits
• Have a child at school receiving free school meals
• Have a child that needs access to a computer for educational purposes
• Live on a low income wage
Residents who are interested in the project can apply for one computer or laptop per household starting from the price range of £50-£99, which can be paid in cash or by card. All computers and laptops come with a six month warranty and customer support is available if you need any advice.
Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol said: “Having access to the internet is crucial to most people’s lives but not everyone can afford a new computer, tablet or smartphone. With a refurbished laptop or computer local people can keep in touch with loved ones, apply for jobs, complete homework and do all those things many of us take for granted.
“Bristol Computer Reuse is providing a lifeline to many households in Bristol, whilst also having the added benefit of reusing equipment which is good for the environment. A refurbished laptop or computer can meet many of the same needs as a new version, but at a fraction of the cost. If you’ve been thinking about investing in some new kit on a budget, take a look at the Bristol Computer Reuse project.”
Equipment is available to be picked up from Byteback’s unit in Bedminster, but can also be delivered to your home for £10.
You can apply for a laptop or computer either by filling in an online form from http://bccscheme.bytebackitrepair.co.uk/ or by downloading and printing out the form found at http://www.bytebackitrepair.co.uk/Computer-Reuse-App-form.pdf.
If you currently don’t have access to a computer you can call Byteback on 0117 3706375 or write to Bristol Computer Reuse, Byteback IT Solutions Ltd, Unit 1 Brewery Court, North St, Bristol, BS3 1JS.