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Homeless people given laptops in effort to improve access to jobs market and online connectivity

The initiative wants to help people who are cut out from the job market because they have no access to computers.

HOMELESS PEOPLE WERE given refurbished laptops in London this week, as part of a new scheme aimed to help people get online.

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Access to computers and the internet is often taken for granted and this initiative wants to create more digital inclusion.

Eight people using homelessness services in London were the first recipients of ‘Laptops for Homeless Initiative’.

The scheme is the brainchild of social enterprise company SocialBox.Biz in partnership with the charity Thames Reach. The chairman of SocialBox.Biz Peter Paduh said:

Thousands of disenfranchised members of society are cut out from the job market by having no access to computers or the Internet.

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“How can we expect the homeless to work past their situation when they have no ability to apply for jobs or learn new skills and trades? Our Laptops For Homeless Initiative was launched to provide the UK’s homeless with a chance to rejoin society and step out of the shadows.

It’s about bettering our communities and societies by taking the laptops some deem as no longer needed and giving them to the people who need them the most.

Camden Deputy Leader Councillor Patricia Callaghan said, “Too many people do not have a home that is decent, affordable and secure.

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“Government benefit cuts and changes to the way charities are funded are causing sharp increases in homelessness and rough sleeping.”

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