Redundant computers and desks are being put to good use by charities across the region, thanks to donations from a North East water company.
Photo caption: From left, James Robbins, head of information services at Northumbrian Water, Grainger Simpson, NEAS operations manager, Steve Mawihney and Georgia Bennett.
When Northumbrian Water upgraded some its PCs the company decided to try and find the old machines a good home, rather than scrapping them. The Information Services team contacted the North East Autism Society (NEAS), who have now taken delivery of six computers and desks to create an IT suite at New Warlands Farm, Holmside, Durham. The ‘farm’ has been built as a vocational training centre for adults who are severely disabled by autism and other learning difficulties.
Susan Tron, trusts fundraiser at NEAS, said: “People with autism often describe feeling lonely, isolated and frustrated. Their condition is such that they struggle to access services others take for granted. The farm environment is designed to be autism friendly, with specialist sensory rooms and lighting to accommodate their needs.
“This donation from Northumbrian Water will make a huge difference to their lives and our ability to ensure these are as fulfilling as possible. Having an IT suite will really enrich our ability to offer a programme that would mirror those which others can access in their communities.”
Other charitable organisations that have received four computers each from the utility company are Healthworks, based in Horden, Veterans Response, in Hebburn, and Education and Services for People with Autism (ESPA), in Sunderland.
Jane Morland, Northumbrian Water’s partnerships assistant manager, said: “We often have to upgrade our computers and other technical equipment to make sure we have the best systems in place to maintain the highest possible levels of service. But that doesn’t always mean that the old equipment is of no use to somebody else.
“We are always delighted to help good causes that may not have the funds to buy new equipment, but can make good use of our replaced stock, whenever we can.”
For more information contact Mike Chipchase on 0191 301 6720.