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Laptop donations to homeless people

26 June 2017

A social enterprise donated 54 laptops to homeless people and those at risk of homelessness in Southwark, at a handover held at the Thames Reach Employment Academy in Camberwell earlier this month.

The Laptops for Homeless Support Initiative, which has already handed over 100 laptops, was created by SocialBox.Biz founder Peter Paduh and provides laptops to people using the services of homelessness charity Thames Reach.

Peter Paduh was joined by Thames Reach Chief Executive Jeremy Swain, and Councillor Johnson Situ, Southwark Cabinet Member for Business, Culture and Social Regeneration, for the handover of the laptops.

They in turn were joined by the first four recipients of the laptops – which they can use to help find work and to enjoy the online world so many of us take for granted in 2017.

The event and photoshoot coincided with the iReach training course being held at the Employment Academy, in which members of the local community in Southwark and Lambeth learn digital skills.


A recycling bin for laptops has been set up in the new local library in Camberwell thanks to the backing of the local authority. Members of the public and local businesses are being encouraged to donate disused laptops which will be collected by SocialBox.Biz, wiped clean, refurbished and found a new home with those in need.

SocialBox.Biz’s Peter Paduh said: “It’s about bettering our communities and societies by taking the laptops some deem as no longer needed and giving them to the people who need them the most.”

Jeremy Swain, Chief Executive of Thames Reach, said: “These laptops will give the homeless and marginalised people who receive them the opportunity to communicate with friends and relatives, develop new interests and access advice to improve their skills and employment prospects.”

Thames Reach service users receive their laptops from Socialbox.biz
Thames Reach service users receive their laptops from Socialbox.biz