Tech recycling enterprise is given a Reboot thanks to Emmaus
A social enterprise threatened with closure has been saved thanks to Emmaus Cambridge.
Reboot Cambridge, which had been serving the area for more than a decade, was hit by a lack of funding that meant it was unable to continue in July.
But after learning of its plight, Emmaus Cambridge stepped in to save the not-for-profit company, which offers reasonably priced refurbished IT equipment and repair services in the Cambridge area.
Emmaus community director Diane Docherty explained: “It’s not something we’d ever done and it seemed to fit. We’ve never taken computer equipment before, as we’ve never been able to do anything with it. But part of our ethos here is to recycle as much as we can, so this seemed like a really good fit. The idea is we’ll be able to sell items online, as well as in the social enterprise in our shop here in Landbeach.”
Rebranded as Emmaus Reboot, the social enterprise will initially sell refurbished computers at a “very reasonable price” and it is hoped will go on to offer skills training to people supported by the charity.
Two former Reboot employees have been taken on to continue running the service.
Emmaus Reboot is now seeking donations of laptops, desktop computers, flat screen monitors and tablets to refurbish or recycle. Unfortunately, it will not be able to accept old CRT monitors or printers.
All hard drives will be wiped in line with the European General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), and the UK Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) and a certificate can be provided upon request.
All funds raised will help Emmaus continue to support the formerly homeless people who live and work with us to rebuild their lives.
Emmaus is located just off the A10 at Green End, Landbeach. It is open Monday to Saturday from 9am to 5pm and from 10am to 4pm on Sundays.
For donations that need collecting, call 01223 863657 and select option one or email firstname.lastname@example.org.