A NEW scheme to give families the opportunity to receive refurbished donated tablets and mobile phones is being launched by Ealing Council.

It has joined forces with the Digital Poverty Alliance, PayByPhone and Computer Recyclers UK. 

The initiative aims to allow people better access to the internet and other digital resources, such as online banking, teaching and healthcare.

It is thought a fifth of Ealing residents have no computer at home. 

Elizabeth Anderson, CEO of the Digital Poverty Alliance said: “With basic utilities moving online by the day, it is essential support is given to those in need of a device.

“The scheme is the perfect opportunity to recycle and re-use old devices, supporting the community and helping people get and stay online.”

There will be five donation hubs across the borough, where people can drop off unused devices and charging cables.

The hubs are at Acton, Ealing and Southall libraries, Hanwell Community Centre and the council offices at Perceval House, Ealing.

Donated devices will be securely wiped of data, photos and files and installed with new operating systems before being redistributed.  

A spokesperson for Ealing Council commented: “This initiative is a demonstration to our commitment to ensuring that every individual, regardless of age or background, has access to the digital resources necessary for education, employment, healthcare, and financial services.”