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Back to school!

It's time for another thankyou...
They very kindly allowed us to dig through their surplus I.T. equipment before it's disposed, and we've taken away a pile of kit, some of which we've already rehomed, and some which you'll see popping up on our good news posts in the next few weeks 🙂

Thanks for thinking of us!

More huge thanks due, this time to 848 IT Services at Beaconside.
They thought of us before heading to the tip, and donated a 'sizeable' stack of their redundant equipment for us to refurbish and give away :)
www.848.co

A testing time!

To raise our project some extra cash we're now offering PAT testing at £3 per item.
We'll provide a full written certification plus the familiar green stickers.
Get in touch to learn more, or see the "PAT" section here on our website 🙂

It's not useless!

Do you have an old iPad that won't update any more, and will no longer run your favourite apps?
Don't take it to the tip, drop it in to us!
Some schools have the ability to re-use them, to install their own educational software, which is compatible with even the older versions of iOS and bypasses the need to ever update them.
We regularly rehome iPads that you've donated, which we've fixed up, reset, sanitised and PAT tested, to Greenhall School in Stafford 🙂
Please ensure if you donate, that you've unregistered your device from your "iCloud" and "Find My iPad", otherwise we're unable to erase your old data 🙂

No horsing around!

Massive respects to Vicki and the team at Online For Equine in Hixon, for thinking of us before they headed to the tip...
They've donated a huge stack of their redundant equipment which we'll now put through our secure erase procedure to ensure all of their remaining business data is destroyed, then we can pass it all on to those who desperately need it!
If you are a local business with unwanted I.T. gear please drop us a line, we can provide free sanitisation certificates to satisfy your GDPR policies on data disposal, and we'll re-home your old kit instead of profiting 🙂

A pause for Easter!

Please note our donation point at Highfields is temporarily closed and will re-open Thurs 21st April

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* Secure erasing *
A common question we're asked is if, and how, we'll make sure any existing data is erased from your donation. And yes, we do, so please make sure you've taken a back up of your important stuff before you donate, because once it's gone, it's really gone!
As for the how, well this varies from device to device.
- For tablet PC's and iPads, we use the manufacturer's recommended specific process. If this fails for any reason, or the device is account locked, we'll use it only for spare parts, and the internal memory chip is physically destroyed through a myriad of inventive methods with heavy implements.
- For laptops and PC's the process is a little more comprehensive., We use dedicated software tools which meet the government standard "HMG Infosec 5". The software fills the hard drive with jargon 3 times over to ensure all previous data is unrecoverable. It takes all day but it's the most recognised way of data destruction in this industry. Again if this fails for any reason we'll resort to physical destruction, but we'd sooner try to re-use as much as we can. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Infosec_Standard_5
- And let's not forget the numerous documents and notes we find hiding in laptop bags you've donated, and CD's left in drives, and postage stickers left on second hand packing boxes. For those we use a combination of a cross-cut shredder and, let's call it "thermal" methods.
For all of these we can produce erase certificates to satisfy any GDPR audit trailing you may require as a business donor.

New sponsors!

We've added some new corporate sponsors to our paid advertising initiative, we'll use their contributions to help us pay for some of the costs we simply can't avoid in the course of our project. To find out how your business can get involved, click on our 'sponsors' page

Doc's Mobile Clinic

Rehome Repurpose At Tranquility

Mrs I.T. Fix It 

Tim The Tech Guy

We thank every one of these sponsors and everyone who's donated equipment, and funds through PayPal, this has allowed us to refurbish and rehome over 400 internet ready devices since we formed in January 2021!

Buy us a battery!

* BUY US A BATTERY *
Thanks again to our PayPal supporters and sponsors, you've all been so generous and your contributions have allowed us to buy a stack of parts to restore some very broken laptops back to their former glory.
Now we can get those out into the community where they are desperately needed 🙂
We'll always replace unusable, unrepairable, damaged or dangerous parts as part of our refurbishment process, and we couldn't do this without you all.
We're almost spent out again though, so if you're considering buying us a battery please visit our PayPal at www.paypal.me/freeitstafford and choose a 'friends and family' payment so we don't incur fees 🙂

A great team!

Huge thanks to every single one of our tech volunteers, without whom, this entire venture would be unsustainable.
Tim
Jack
Mike A
Mike B
Michael F
James
Ollie
Brett
Craig
Every one of these purely decent chaps deserve a pat on the back for what they have done and continue to offer, giving up their time and dining room tables since January 2021. Free IT, and society, is indebted to them all 🙂

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