A Good Things Foundation Initiative
What is the National Device Bank?
The Good Things Foundation has created the UK’s first-ever National Device Bank which redistributes old donated devices such as tablets, laptops, and PCs to those who are digitally excluded. Devices are wiped and recycled and distributed via the partnership help of thousands of community sector organisations that are registered with the Good Things Foundation’s network who work closely with those in need.
How the Device Bank works
The National Device Bank is such an easy process once an organisation has registered to donate devices. The Good Things Foundation even arranges a free-of-charge collection via courier for the devices that will be put into the scheme. Here is the process below:
Stage 1 – An organisation donates the devices to The Good Things Foundation
Stage 2 – Devices are then wiped by an accredited refurbishment organisation. Some of these devices may then be recycled for money which is then reinvested in digital inclusion by The Good Things Foundation
Stage 3 – Devices are then paired with free connectivity which is donated by mobile phone operators from the National Databank
Stage 4 – The devices and data are then distributed to local community organisations and charities who donate them to people in need who are struggling with digital exclusion
Stage 5 – Digitally excluded people then use the device and data and support to benefit their lives
Could your business or organisation donate old devices?
Registering your organisation to a scheme like this can help to fix the digital divide and add social value within your community. Without businesses’ and community organisations’ used technology donations the Device Bank simply wouldn’t exist. The Good Things Foundation are aiming to reach and help the two million households across the UK who struggle to afford, lack the device, or have the skills to be digitally enabled.
To find out more information on how to sign up your organisation to the National Device Bank click here.