Moving On?

Making a change to the current stories of Brexit and European Elections. Computers for Charities continues to provide support to Charities across the UK & Overseas. This week shipping computers for schools in Zambia, Environmental Projects in the far North of Scotland and London organisations aiding homeless, Vulnerable and drug dependant. Such is the scope of need being supported across the country and world. Whilst also providing a place for those that help and assist.. Long term sick, Retired and those needing a safe place to get back on track…… It is very people that count and both ends of our operation pleased to be of service…

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Eastbourne MP comes to visit

MP Stephen Lloyd with CfC Volunteers.. (Stephen Lloyd MP3rd from Right)

It was only a few weeks ago that Eastbourne based charity, Computers for Charities  received a visit from Eastbourne Mayor Mrs Gill Matlock at it’s workshop, only to be followed by Eastbourne MP Mr Stephen Lloyd amidst the flurry of his hectic schedule and matters of state within Parliament.

Mr Lloyd met and talked with CfC Volunteers and toured the charities premises.

Mr Lloyd said; “I certainly was not prepared for this, I did not realise how widespread this charity’s support goes, let alone the scale of activities”

Simon Rooksby, Chairman & founder of the charity explained one such activity the charity supports, is ERASMUS an EU funded educational enabling students from neighbouring EU countries to gain work & cultural experience for periods ranging from 4 – 12 weeks.

Simon said; “We have supported this initiative for many years, providing opportunities for students from France, Spain, Germany, Romania and even Martinique to gain experience within the charity and local community, and remain anxious for this vital program to continue beyond BREXIT”.

Computers for Charities has been operating for 25 years, primarily aiding charities & Voluntary organisations locally & across the United Kingdom with IT and support,

However over the years, its support has diversified. Including it’s annual Christmas Shoebox appeal, aiding locally and wider afield. The development of educational projects in Prisons and overseas, whilst also supporting other charities including the “Sussex Heart Charity” to which Simon aims to raise funds by undertaking a 12,000 mile motorbike run in 2020, from London to Durban, following his own experience of heart surgery 18 months ago. The trip will include meeting Educational Ministers and Schools across the 17 Countries to be travelled.

CfC is unfunded and operates totally through the support of volunteers of all ages and abilities. More information for organisations and donors is available at www.computersforcharities.org or Tel: 01323 848588

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Windows 7 support soon to end!

Windows 7 support will come to an end from January 14th 2020. But no need to panic at this stage, but be aware. However for Organisations and so forth, now is the time to give thought as to the move to Windows 10… Which in many cases can be achieved without the need to purchase new computers. Need advice, then please give Computers for Charities a call.. Happy to Help. Thank you

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Boiling Point

Boiling Point…. What on earth is going on within the UK. Food Bank requests are on the rise, roads and congestion getting worse. 7.5 Billion pounds a year are the estimates for lost revenue from congestion and now another charge in London for driving. 5 hour waits at Casualty, GP surgeries clogged.. A staggering recorded 1.5 million pounds per year lost from the NHS from fraud, and probably nearer to 10 and then echoed throughout the whole public sector of Police, Education, Local Government, Prisons, etc equated to nearer 100 billion pounds lining other peoples pockets rather than the intended.

Police are frustrated as they do not prosecute, it remains the domain of the Crown Prosecution service with only 10% of cases actually facing prosecution. The list goes on, retention in most of the services remains at it’s lowest and as yesterday speaking with two Police officers, services and people feel let down and at breaking point. Mental Health issues now and pressurise all the services, health, police and prisons which after two decades of austerity speak for themselves.

Such is a time, that State and Church are needed to heal a wounded Nation and it’s peoples, hence at this Easter time. May this be a turning point for all!

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In Praise of Our Police Officers

Hendon 040319It was a privilege to attend London’s Metropolitan Police Academy this week. Observing commendations being awarded to officers of the CASO Unit (Child Abuse and Sexual Offences) Having recently been acquainted with victims of a recent court case https://theukdatabase.com/2018/06/02/stanley-moore-shepperton/ It was humbling to see the other side and meet these dedicated folk endeavouring to bring restoration to damaged lives, and as such providing a ray of hope and encouragement to the many other who have suffered in the past or recently to have the confidence to break away from the hurt or shame and speak out. In the same vain I applaud organisations as with Women’s Aid and all organisations that support not just women, but also men and children experiencing physical, emotional and mental abuse. https://www.shetlandtimes.co.uk/2017/10/11/husband-subjected-wife-years-domestic-abuse-jailed is one such case and this women in protecting her family and home is more than commendable.. However as a consequence of this case. Many in Shetland have come forward to seek help and recover lives and futures. Sadly, for Shetland Women’s Aid, funding is being cut at a time when increased investment is urgently needed, especially amongst an island culture” A comment I recieved was “the Past is the Past”.. Sadly not true, and especially in later life likely to get worse… Hence I urge and encourage anyone living with such experiences.. You do not have to live with this on your own, a brighter future is possible. Plus also.. Lets give thanks for our Police Officers.. Thank you

 

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2018 Shoebox Appeal Updated

Once again. Computers for Charities would wish to thank everyone with their support for our 2018 Christmas Shoebox Appeal. The support and reception proved simply amazing.. Thank you all for making 2018 possible. Well done. Simon

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90% of Small Charities…

Sadly It remains no surprise that 90% of small and medium sized charities fail to undertake any or limited computer maintenance due to the limitations of skills and time, so a recent survey reveals. So what you ask? Ever wonder why all those updates keep coming down from Windows, Apple, Firefox, Antivirus and all those other programmes we utilise….Or think about the effects on the running of your computers & devices… Just think of Gorgonzola cheese and that about sums it up. Slow running, error messages and the rest.. Technology despite the claims of the adverts, is as “life”, Computers require Nurture, Time & Care to be truly trouble free! Windows-10-logo-300x300

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