COMPUTERS FOR THE DISABLED has been a registered charity since May 1998 and it's still the only charity of its kind in the UK.
Our mission is to help disabled people and the elderly communicate and participate in their day-to-day activities by providing them with used laptops, iPads and iPhones. Since we began, we have supplied over 4000 computers and parts to both individuals and organisations. We've offered advice to many more.
We are different to many other charities, in that we do not put our own interests first. We don't use donations for management, strategy development, campaigning or fundraising. We don't have any paid staff and we pay all the bills and running costs out of our own money. There have been many times that our chairman Paul Harris has used his own money to pay CFTD bills to prevent the charity from going under. We all work from the heart and not for the pocket. All of the money we raise goes into providing equipment to our clients. We believe that if a donation is received it should be used only to help others and not to line our own pockets.
All of our committee members and dedicated volunteers offer their services and time for free. They do a full days work but still find time to help disabled people often until the late into the night, collecting donated computers and rebuilding or repairing them. Without them, we would not be able to supply the number of computers that we do.
The laptops we supply are all reconditioned using new and second-hand parts, which we distribute throughout the UK. We specialise in supplying laptops to the elderly and disabled home users who cannot afford new equipment. We also help those with learning disabilities, the housebound and many other agencies, organisations and charities that help the disabled. We have worked closely with social services and other Government departments. We also offer free computer advice on what to buy, what to avoid and where to buy it.
All we ask from you is to cover any costs that our charity has spent when providing a laptop for you. We don't want anything extra, what it costs us is what it will cost you, it's as simple as that.