To mark their recent first birthday, Lambeth TechAid announced today that the charity will officially change its name to Community TechAid.
Started in response to the first COVID lockdown in March 2020 and solely run by volunteers, this community charity has already worked with 70 south London based organisations to enable over 500 members of the local community to get online.
The reach of the charity reflects the diversity of our community. Their work with organisations such as Age UK, Carers’ Hub, South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation, the Indoamerican Refugee & Migrant Organisation, as well as local primary and secondary schools in the area, addresses the digital divide found in every corner of our society.
Throughout the pandemic, demand for digital devices in Lambeth and nearby communities has soared. Their new name reflects the charity’s ethos to meet digital needs on a community basis rather than a geographical one.
The charity’s founder, Linda Heiden explains, “The lockdown legacy means much of daily life has moved online, and is likely to remain there for the foreseeable future. Community TechAid aims to ensure more individuals have access to a digital device whether that be for job seeking, adult education and apprenticeships as well as access to health and wellbeing resources”.
The demand for digital devices has substantially grown in the last few months. Community TechAid aims to double the number of devices delivered to new members of the community in this coming year.
Community TechAid is a south London charity that has been helping to bridge the digital divide by providing technology to those without. Community TechAid recycle donated computers, tablets and mobile phones from individuals and businesses and distribute them throughout the community.
Registered charity in England and Wales No. 1193210
volunteers attached (L-R: Cat Smith (Donation Lead), Jai Maraj, Jim Ottaway, Julia Evans, Linda Hedien (Founder).