Cambridge tech recycling enterprise rescued by Emmaus
Homelessness charity Emmaus Cambridge has stepped in to give a tech recycling enterprise a reboot after the not-for-profit company was threatened with closure.
Reboot Cambridge, which costs around £60,000 per year to run, had offered refurbished IT equipment and repair services for more than a decade, but was faced with a lack of funding in July 2019 which meant it was unable to continue.
Emmaus Cambridge stepped in to save the company from closure, and at the same time adding to its own social enterprise, which sells pre-loved items to generate funds to support formerly homeless people as they rebuild their lives.
Emmaus Chief Executive Diane Docherty, said: “We’ve never accepted computer equipment as donations before, as we’ve never been able to do anything with it. However, part of our ethos here is to recycle as much as we can, so this seemed like a good fit. The idea is to sell items online, as well in our Landbeach shop.”
Rebranded as Emmaus Reboot, the charity has taken on two former Reboot employees to continue the service and is now seeking donations of laptops, desktop computers, flat screen monitors, and tablets to refurbish or recycle.
All funds raised from Emmaus Reboot will go towards supporting the formerly homeless people who live at the charity.
For donations that need collecting, call 01223 863657 and select option one or email collections [at] emmauscambridge.org. Alternatively book a collection online at www.emmaus.org.uk/cambridge.
• PHOTOGRAPH: Former Reboot Cambridge employees, Paul and Trevor, now in their new office at Emmaus Cambridge.