Digi Donors

Digi Donors is a digital donation programme that aims to provide young people in Southampton with access to laptops and internet. Donate old/ unused laptops or donate your time to support our team with collections and system installations.

Informaton icon Digi Donors is a digital donation programme that aims to provide young people in Southampton with access to laptops and internet. Donate old/ unused laptops or donate your time to support our team with collections and system installations.

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What is DigiDonors?

DigiDonors is a Southampton based initiative with the goal of tackling the digital divide and providing school students with the equipment required to study from home. With school closures, children have been expected to continue their education online, however not all children have devices on which to continue their studies. An Ofcom report revealed that 9% of children in the UK (between 1.1 and 1.8 million young people) do not have access to a laptop, desktop or tablet at home and these devices are essential in ensuring that young people are not affected anymore by the disruption to their education that lockdowns have created.

Neverware, a company that is now part of Google, provides an operating system called ‘CloudReady OS’ which turns old computers into Chromebooks. They offer paid-for Education and Enterprise editions but also offer a free Home edition of their operating system, which is the same and will be what we install on donated laptops. Old laptops can struggle to run Windows and OSX operating systems, but running CloudReady OS can make these devices useable, and they can run all the essential programmes students need to continue their learning remotely, such as Google Classroom and Microsoft Office.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) can be found below as a PDF document. Please refer here rather than using the tab above. Thank you!

How it works

We will arrange collection of your laptop. We ask you that you erase your laptops hard drive prior to donation. Upon receiving your laptop, we will carry out data destruction and install CloudReady OS onto the laptop. Once the operating system has been installed the devices will be distributed to schools and charity organisations, who then distribute them to the students that need them.

What we need

• Laptops no earlier than 2007 • Has at least 2gb ram • Has at least 16gb of storage

If you are unsure if your device fits these requirements, then please contact us and we can try and check if your device is suitable.

To donate

If you are a business or an individual that has and old laptop lying around gathering dust that you don’t know what to do with, or a family that has an old laptop but needs CloudReady OS to make it useable for their child's learning you can fill in our form by clicking 'Apply' or contact us at: localaction@southamptonhub.org

Volunteer roles

If you believe in our mission and want to help, then there are currently a variety of roles you can apply for. Simply click the 'Apply' button above to register your interest and a member of our team will be in touch.

All volunteers recieve the relevant training to fuflill their responsibility. This includes technical and safegaurding training. You will also be supported by our staff team and student leaders.

  • Operating system installers

We need people to carry out data destruction and install CloudReady OS onto the laptops. This is a really simple process at no cost and takes no more than half an hour. You will receive training on how to do this and no technical expertise is required!

  • Collectors

We need volunteers to collect laptops from collection points and deliver them to operating system installer volunteers. This will require a car.

  • SO:Lets Connect Digital Connector

To patiently and sensitively help people build the confidence and basic skills to use technology to help them be more connected. This opportunity is provided by SO:Linked, you can apply to volunteer with them directly here.

For more information, visit the So:Lets Connect website.

Volunteering commitment

There is a very small commitment of time, no more than an hour a week.

Skills and employability

Volunteering with this project will develop your organisational and time management skills and is perfect for anyone who wants experience in working to tackle social and local issues.

Frequently Asked Questions

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