Microsoft discount for the VSCE and low-income families in Cornwall
Microsoft is offering low income families, and VCSE organisations in Cornwall the opportunity to access broadband and new technology at a reduced rate.
Get online at Home (from Computer Recyclers UK) provides low cost, internet ready, refurbished PCs, laptops and tablets to help home users, community groups and charities to get online. The scheme is Microsoft’s Digital Inclusion initiative, and people in Cornwall have access to it through Cornwall Council’s strategic partnership with Microsoft.
Computer Recyclers UK currently offers:
- PC’s from £99 including keyboard, monitor, mouse and Windows 10 programme.
- Laptops from £169 including Windows 10.
- Windows 10 Tablets from £139
All items are professionally refurbished and include:
- appropriate level screen, processor RAM and hard-drive for the item,
- WiFi enabled
- Windows 10
- Microsoft Office 2010
- Windows Defender Anti-Virus
- 6 Month Warranty & Telephone Support
There is a 5% discount if you enter the code ‘corn21’ online or quote it over the phone.
To qualify for the these prices you must:
- be a not for profit or non-governmental organization with recognized legal status and have a mission to benefit the local community
- be a registered UK charity
- be a member of a low-income family receiving any state benefits based on need
- be in a community with limited access to technology
- have a disability
Computer Recyclers also offer packages for the blind and partially sighted thanks to support from RNIB. These packages include the core Microsoft Software plus NVDA & IVONA screen reading software and home support from RNIB volunteers to help you get started.
Get Online @ Home also offers regular prices to those who do not qualify under the above criteria, which are still good value.
Great value broadband deals are also offered, through Carphone Warehouse, who will help you get the best deal, and offer a reduced-price PC, tablet or laptop if you sign up for the deal.
For full details of the offers, see the Get Online @ Home website.
See also our Digital Inclusion page, for more support and help to get online.
Cheap internet connectivity
BT Basic +Broadband offers a very limited broadband access (15gb per month) for £10.07 per month, which includes line rental.
This is for people who are eligible to get BT Basic lines, ie in receipt of benefits, including Universal Credit & pensions credit.
Other offers from other providers, although not so cheap, can be found here – on the Broadband Choices website.
Donating your unwanted laptops or tablets
People have asked us about how they can donate unwanted tablets or laptops that are still in good condition, so that children can use them for online school. At present, we know of two schemes that can take donations:
Business2Schools acts as a clearing house, linking schools with donors. At present there are NO SCHOOLS IN CORNWALL registered with their website, so please encourage your favourite local school to register, and then you will be able to donate direct to the school. The schools clean the devices, and supply them to children who need them.
Vodaphone Tech Appeal will send you a postage paid envelope to post them your tech device, which they will clean and send on to charity partners, including Barnardo’s, to pass on to families who are in need.