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Closing the divide!

With the addition today of another of our local primary schools, Free IT can now boast 113 internet ready devices placed across 11 schools, and making a total of 187 devices altogether which we've gifted where they are needed most in society.

These are all items donated by you lovely people and refurbished by our team of tech guys for free, using parts paid for by your very generous cash donations, and will now find their new lease of life tacking the digital divide.
Some will be used in the schools themselves, others may be given to deprived families known to the schools.
This is made up of:
-85 laptops / netbooks / macbooks
-7 desktops / all-in-ones
-21 tablets / ipads
Which are now in use (some respectfully wished to remain anonymous) at:
-Berkswich CofE (Walton) - 9 devices
-St. Leonards (Dunston) - 13 devices
-All Saints (Ranton) - 11 devices
-Church Eaton CE- 14 devices
-St. Peters (Hixon) - 10 devices
-Burton Manor - 14 devices
-Doxey Primary - 9 devices
-Tillington Manor - 13 devices
-Anon 1 ST17 - 8 devices
-Anon 2 ST17 - 5 devices
-Anon 3 ST17 - 7 devices
And we're not stopping now!

Back at The Den, we did it again!

Yesterday we installed another 2 of your donated desktop PC's at The Den 101 in Rugeley. They can now be put to use with the 18 others we've provided in their youth centre computer room where local kids will be able to get online for free for schooling and recreation :)

Clicking Start!

Today we joined forces with the Citizens' Advice "Click Start" digital money management service.
Our Jack handed over one of your donated laptops to Theresa and Josh from Click Start, which can now be passed on to a family who CAB are supporting with their online interests and job seeking.
Thank you all so much for your kind donations which allow our project to continue and help countless families 

Rehousing your kit!

We've teamed up with House of Bread Stafford in a two pronged stand against digital poverty.
We've taken away some of their surplus equipment to refurbish and return for free, but we've also provided additional complimentary laptops for their clients to use while visiting, and to help towards their future I.T. projects for clients.
None of this would be possible without your kind donations of unwanted equipment and financial help for our running and parts costs

Marketing!

We're looking forward to seeing all you lovely people at Stafford Walking Street Market next week!

Watch out for our table and our flyers!

Another computer corner!

We're in talks to arrange our second "Computer Corner" venue, and we'd love to speak to businesses who will help us out with parts costs specifically for this installation.
We'll add your details to the "wallpaper" and your company logo will be the first thing people see when they turn on the device
Please drop us a line if this interests you!
We don't have mainstream funding so we depend on your kind donations and sponsorship to allow us to make this happen

Another 5!

That's another 5 of your unwanted desktop PC's and all their related bits and bobs installed at The Den 101. Thanks to your kind donations we've now equipped their computer room with 16 internet ready machines for free, and there are still desks to fill and cables to tidy!
Thank you all for allowing us to tackle digital poverty and e-waste in this way, which will benefit countless families.

Becoming Creators!

We have a YouTube!
Give us a sub and watch this space!
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMdZ5rfx-p_7yHmbjlt1KwA

Hurdles!

Sadly, we've today discovered that our first application for a bank account has been refused, without reason, and without appeal.
This is a frustrating setback given that we'd submitted everything asked of us, and our accounts are well documented and in good standing.
It means that there will now be more delays for us in our mission to secure mainstream funding while we seek other account vendors. A bank account in our organisation's name is a pre-requisite for funding applications.
So we're asking two things of you lovely people.
1- If you know of an independent bank that will help unincorporated associations, or a mainstream bank that you can recommend that you may already be working with as an unincorporated association, please let us know. We don't have a charity number, but we do have trustees and a constitution document.
2- If you can spare a little to help us on our way, we would be extremely grateful. Our secure crowd funder details are below.
We are disappointed, but not defeated.
Help us with one-off costs:
Help us with running costs (become a patron):
Make a donation of your choice:
Buy us a brew just because:
Thanks again from Neil, Tim, Ollie, Jack, Brett and Craig

Huge thanks in order!

All of us here at freeIT would like to pass our warmest thanks to The Barbers Shop Stafford for their incredible financial contribution to our running costs, this will make a huge difference and allow us to help several more families which we'd have struggled to do so otherwise.
We are very grateful, please give their facebook page a like!
We haven't got much to offer in return except a bit of interworld publicity, but if your business would like to be involved with our cause please call us on 01785 531199

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