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Community Calling Smartphone Donation Scheme

A recycled smartphone and an eco-bag

The digital lifestyle is becoming more and more commonplace in modern day Salford.  Nowadays most of us use the internet via smartphones and tablets, which we often replace every few years.  As more and more of us go online for everyday things like shopping, paying utilities and applying for jobs, some of these services are becoming online-only.  While this isn’t a problem for the majority, this can leave our vulnerable, under-privileged citizens digitally excluded, isolated, and disadvantaged.  Salford City Council and Salford CVS have teamed up with O2 and the mobile phone charity Hubbub to help these people in need, but we’re asking for your help as well!

 

We’re asking you, the citizens of Salford, to be digital heroes and have a rummage in your cupboards and drawers at home to see if you still have any of your old smartphones knocking about.  Starting from Monday the 12th of April you’ll be able to drop off these unneeded phones at the Gateway centres and the Broughton Hub, where we’ll make sure they get into the hands of the Salford citizens who need them.  People like the elderly, asylum seekers, survivors of domestic abuse, and low-income households.  For some of these beneficiaries it may be the first smartphone they’ve ever had, so we’ll be providing them with a data plan and any support they need to learn to use them.

 

Our staff unfortunately can’t take in smartphones over ten years old, nor can we accept any that don’t hold a charge or are otherwise cracked or broken.  If you still have the charger, that’s great, but it isn’t essential, and we can take in phones without them.  Our smartphones are extremely personal devices, so our Gateway staff will help you make sure all your personal data has been removed from the phone when you donate it.  From there it will be professionally data-wiped, refurbished, and cleaned before being sent out to its new owner.

 

So when you’re spring-cleaning this year, please keep an eye out for any old phones you might have forgotten about; they could make a huge difference in the lives of our city’s most vulnerable citizens.

 

For more information, head to:
Hubbub - Community Calling

Information on your nearest Gateway centre can be found here:

Gateway centres

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Digital Everyone

The Digital Everyone project is part of Salford’s aim to become a Digital City, an ambition which forms part of our wider vision for a better, fairer Salford to improve resident’s lives.

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