Free Laptop Schemes - Students, the Disabled & Adults On Universal Credit

Providers of computers and free laptops for students, adults on universal credit and other benefits, the disabled and refugees, and free/low cost data.

Free Laptops and Computers For Students, Adults, the Disabled & Those On Universal Credit

Providers of computers and free laptops for students, adults on universal credit and other benefits, the disabled and refugees, plus sources of free/low cost data.

How To Find a Free Laptop

Those laptop providers listed as UK Wide, London or Regional will support all of these groups but I've also included other sections specifically for Students, the Disabled and Refugees below these.  Read the notes I've included to find those suitable for you, then click the name of the provider (blue underlined text) to go to their website and apply.

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Free Laptops & Computers For Adults & Low Income Families

Good Things Foundation Good Things foundation helps people gain the support and skills they need to change their lives and overcome social challenges. They also provide free data and refurbished devices for people in need.
Restart - Community Re-use Projects This is an interactive UK map, intended to be used to find community re-use groups to donate unwanted IT to. However, you can also use it to find re-use groups in your local area, which provide refurbished and repaired IT, and other products. Mainly in England, but some in Wales, Glasgow and the Edinburgh area.
End Laptop Poverty The website has details of about a dozen partner charities/CICs across the UK that distribute all sorts of tech in their local area - some only focus on particular groups.
Re-use Network Use the link to find a re-use charity near you and select what you're looking for - furniture, IT, paint, textiles, electrical, carpets etc.
Screen Share Support, inform and advocate for digital inclusion for young refugees, in the UK, primarily by repurposing and providing laptops.
Wavelength A charity that supports those who are lonely due to age, poor physical or mental health or are isolated through other circumstances across the UK. It gives free radios, televisions and tablet computers to those who are lonely and unable to afford to buy the technology for themselves. A CIC that collects disused but still working laptops, PCs and other tech in order to support disadvantaged groups with computers.  They work in the areas of homelessness, ex offenders, young refugees, young people in the care system and the elderly who cannot afford computers and software. They're London based but seem to work nationally.

Free Laptops & Computers - UK Countries/Regions

Free Laptops And Computers - Scotland

Free Laptops & Computers - London

2econd Chance C.I.C A computer recycling not-for-profit committed to reducing e-Waste and a training provider for people furthest away from the job market in London NW4. They also deliver a training programme for people not in employment, education or training. Equipment is sold at affordable prices. They also provide community organisations based within the London borough of Barnet with laptops and will prioritise applications that target barriers to digital inclusion with people who are likely to be digitally excluded. Free but only Barnet and they have limited capacity. Added 19 Jul 23.
Bridging the Gap CIC Services - Digital Engagement, Repairs/ Data wiping / Subsidised devices and Digital skills workshops. Based in London E1.
Community Tech Aid We gather donated laptops, tablets and smartphones, wipe the data and refurbish them, and return them to use by giving them to those in need. We partner with local organisations to identify those in need, through a referral system. They help to close the digital divide by providing technology and skills to communities, whilst recycling, reusing and repairing e-waste. I think they mainly work in Lambeth and Southwark.
Dons Local Action Group (Kingston, Merton & Wandsworth) AFC Wimbledon football fan volunteers, they support the local community to fight poverty and offer support, by providing food parcels, household goods, furniture and appliances, but they also distribute donated laptops to schools in Kingston, Merton and Wandsworth. Local organisations can partner with them to refer clients for their support.
MER-IT A CIC based in London (EC1), which collects and refurbishes tech. Their website says that they provide general and vocational courses for young people and adults and a computer for anyone that needs one.
Power to Connect (Wandsworth) A CIC, they collect donated unused laptops and tablets, wipe and refurbish them to deliver to local schools and community organisations who in turn pass them on to those in need in Wandsworth (London). They also offer digital skills to help people with the skills and confidence they need to navigate the digital world safety and effectively.
TechInclusionUK A volunteer run London based social enterprise that collects and repurposes IT to support young people in education. There's not much on their website, so contact them.

Free Laptops & Computers - England Counties

How To Get A Free Laptop For UK Students & Young People

Little Lives UK London based, they collect and recycle tech. They work with local authorities to identify children in need of electronic devices such as computers and laptops. However, from what's on their website, they also provide tech to charities.
TechInclusionUK A volunteer run London based social enterprise that collects and repurposes IT to support young people in education. There's not much on their website, so contact them.
Collect unwanted tech, Laptops, Desktops, Monitors etc, we then refurbish them and donate back to charities and community groups to help children and young adults gain access to technology in Tameside and surrounding areas.

Free Laptops & Computers - Asylum Seekers & Refugees

Screen Share Support, inform and advocate for digital inclusion for young refugees, in the UK, primarily by repurposing and providing laptops.
West London Welcome Welcome refugees, people seeking asylum, and migrants looking for support and companionship, who live in the boroughs of Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea, Ealing, and Hounslow. They provide laptops, mobile phones and bikes, classes and advice.
REFEO A charity based in London and Glasgow that matches refugees and asylum seekers with mentors who support them to find a job or work placement, fund accredited courses and provide laptops.
Asylum Welcome - Digital Inclusion Scheme Asylum seekers and refugees who live in Oxfordshire and are in need of a laptop and/or support to use it. They provide donated recycled laptops, Repairs (where needed), wiping and PAT testing of laptops, Distribution of laptops, Support with using modern technologies (computers, laptops, smart phones), 1:1 support to fix laptop issues and bespoke tuition for those who need support in using their laptops and getting online.
Solidaritech A CIC that provides computers to refugees and asylum seekers in Yorkshire and Humber.

Disabled Adults - IT Support & Computer & Assistive Technology Grants

Ability Net AbilityNet's friendly tech volunteers provide free IT support to older people and disabled people of any age, anywhere in the UK.
Disability Grants Computer and Assistive Technology Grants
Help people with disabilities in Manchester to improve their quality of life through the power of technology.

Free Data & SIM Cards For Low-income Families & Those On Benefits

Get Families Talking
 Provide free data to low-income families facing digital exclusion through data poverty.
Good Things National Data Bank A ‘food bank’ but for internet connectivity data. Community organisations apply, enabling them to provide data to people who need it.
SimPal Free pre-paid SIM cards, 20G data per month & phones when available, for people with cancer, disadvantaged by poor health, or digital poverty.

Social Tariffs - Low Cost Computer Broadband

Social tariffs are cheaper broadband and phone packages for people claiming Universal Credit, Pension Credit and some other benefits. Some providers call them ‘essential’ or ‘basic’ broadband. They’re delivered in the same way as normal packages, just at a lower price.

Faster Broadband have a simple to use  interactive tool to check your eligibility and help you find the best package, and Ofcom have an online list of and links to social tariffs.

Free Laptops & Computers - Global A UK based charity, they work globally, including the UK and in disaster relief to support non profits and NGOs with projects that connect students, refugees, women and underserved communities. they do this by providing phones, chargers, SIM Cards and telecommunications supplies.
IT Schools Africa E-learning technology to improve life opportunities for school students and local communities in Kenya, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe
Low cost refurbished IT equipment for non profits and schools in the developing world
A Christian charity that collects unwanted usable tools, refurbishes them, and sorts them into trade tool kits for livelihood creation, including computers. You can apply for tools for Burundi, DR Congo, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia or Zimbabwe. The charity is planning to add Rwanda in 2024.

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