Covid-19 response

Helping others to keep the community connected

The University of Edinburgh has donated IT equipment to a pair of local charities to ensure they can keep in touch during lockdown.

Computers delivered to People Know How office

Our community

The University is committed to making a positive contribution to our city, and our local community. During these challenging and uncertain times, we’re striving to support existing community partners in new ways. Among other initiatives, the university has granted access to tablets and computers to ensure those in the local community can remain connected during the Covid-19 pandemic.

People Know How

With social distancing measures placing increased importance on access to IT, University staff have collaborated with local charity, People Know How, and the Edinburgh Remakery to ensure access to valuable services, which have now moved online, may still be on-hand to those in need. 

With the assistance of Edinburgh Remakery, 12 used University of Edinburgh computers have been fully refurbished and donated to People Know How, in order for support to be offered online for children, young people and adults in Edinburgh and East Lothian. 

The donated computers  – which otherwise would have been recycled – will now provide those in need with a means of accessing valuable offerings from People Know How, including the Positive Transitions Service. The Positive Transitions Service offers young people online befriending, where they can talk, play games and share stories to help guide children and young people through this worrying time.

Projekt 42

The University has also partnered with Leith’s not-for-profit gym, Projekt 42 to lend a number of tablets. Projekt 42 aims to offer those in the community both physical fitness and counselling services. The loan of tablets has allowed older members of the community to participate in virtual workout classes, therefore offering a means of staying active, at a time when both physical and mental wellbeing are crucial.  This enables Projekt 42 to continue with its valuable work of ensuring exercise is accessible to everyone.

Related links

People Know How

Projekt 42

Covid-19 Partnerships Fund

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