Local charity appeals for smartphone donations to get service users online

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Local charity, Green Light Trust is appealing for unwanted, working smartphones to help users of their service access online wellbeing courses.

When lockdown began, Green Light Trust created their online wellbeing courses, also known as the AIR programme. The donated smartphones will give some of their users’ smartphone access for the first time, allowing them to access the AIR programme with ease.

Speaking about the appeal, CEO for Green Light Trust, Tom Brown, said: “We work with people of all ages challenged with mental health issues, addictive or abusive pasts or disadvantaged or disconnected backgrounds. The donated smartphones will allow us to continue to support the vulnerable members of our community with our educational and self-development programmes, in a time where support services are so limited.”

The charity has partnered with the East of England Co-op who will collect smartphone donations in all 122 food stores across Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex.

Niall O’Keeffe, Joint Chief Executive for the East of England Co-op said: “We’re delighted to help the Green Light Trust collect unwanted smartphones. It’s an initiative that really strikes at the heart of what’s important to our Co-op. Not only does the collection support a great cause in our community, but reusing the phones is environmentally friendly too. It’s a win-win situation.” 

If you have a working smartphone that you want to donate to Green Light Trust, you can visit your local East of England Co-op Food store to donate. From today (Friday 3 July), collection buckets will be available for you to donate your unwanted, working smartphone, along with the charger, if you have it. Please also remove your simcard and, if you know how, complete a factory reset.

To stay updated on the success of the appeal, visit the charity’s website: www.greenlighttrust.org.