A computer project is appealing for donations of used computer equipment from West Midlands businesses so that it can continue to provide training opportunities and vital support for disadvantaged people.
Crash IT, which helps disabled, disadvantaged and unemployed people by providing IT training, offers companies the opportunity to dispose of and recycle old computers.
The project, which received vital support last year from Birmingham-based Pertemps People Development Group (PPDG), distributes refurbished computers to charities and disadvantaged people in the community.
PPDG, which runs highly successful employment and training projects nationwide, also sends clients to Crash IT to gain valuable work experience in computer repair skills. The workers who repair and refurbish the computers are fully trained by the company and are often people with disabilities.
Crash IT business manager Jason Meredith said: "In addition to our IT reuse and recycling scheme we also provide training for jobseekers in IT repair which is designed to give them up to date new skills.
"We give them work experience in our computer refurbishment workshop and they get a lot of opportunities to build and repair computers and put into practice the things we have taught them. We try to refurbish whatever we can and put computers back into the community to give more people access to IT."
Jason appealed for businesses to donate working, usable equipment at Pentium 3 level or above. Call 0121 421 7600 or visit www.crash-it.org for more information. The project also disposes of computers, that can no longer be used, in an environmentally-friendly manner.
Each year around 70 people, who are either disabled or on Welfare to Work initiatives, receive training at Crash IT and more than 500 computers are distributed back into the community to deserving causes. Last year PPDG agreed to provide significant financial support as well as utilising its commercial contacts to help Crash IT create a strong business strategy.