Over 400 reconditioned computers and laptops are available to be bought by residents who may not otherwise be able to afford them. The equipment is being made available through Bristol Computer Reuse in partnership with Byteback IT Solutions and Bristol City Council to provide affordable computers to individuals and families on low incomes or who face other challenges.
Since starting in 2008, the project has found 2,500 new homes for old machines no longer needed by the council, local businesses or other organisations. In order to be eligible for the project residents have to meet one or more of the following criteria:
• Over 65 years of age
• Have a disability
• Are a full time carer
• Receive means tested benefits
• Have a child at school receiving free school meals
• Have a child that needs access to a computer for educational purposes
• Live on a low income wage
Residents who are interested in the project can apply for one computer or laptop per household starting from the price range of £50-£99, which can be paid in cash or by card. All computers and laptops come with a six month warranty and customer support is available if you need any advice.
Equipment is available to be picked up from Byteback’s unit in Bedminster, but can also be delivered to your home for £10. You can apply for a laptop or computer either by filling in an online form from http://bccscheme.bytebackitrepair.co.uk/ or by downloading and printing out the form found at http://www.bytebackitrepair.co.uk/Computer-Reuse-App-form.pdf.
All paper forms should be posted to Bristol Computer Reuse, Byteback IT Solutions Ltd, Unit 1 Brewery Court, North St, Bristol BS3 1JS.
If you currently don’t have access to a computer you can call Byteback on 0117 3706375 or write to Bristol Computer Reuse, Byteback IT Solutions Ltd, Unit 1 Brewery Court, North St, Bristol, BS3 1JS.