Charity receives boost to help people stay online

A Hull charity that helps keep people connected has been awarded a £59,000 grant to continue its work.

Giroscope, based on Coltman Street, refurbishes donated PCs, laptops and smartphones and provides free internet access and support to people who need it.

Jim Rintoul, support worker at Giroscope, said, they were "over the moon" to receive the funding from the Hubbub charity's Time After Time e-waste fund.

Gavin Ellis, co-founder of Hubbub, suggested there was enough unused tech in homes and offices in the UK to help support an estimated 1.5 million unconnected households get online.

Providing jobs

Mr Rintoul said he hoped the grant would increase donations to the charity, and that it would get the refurbished technology out to "those who really need it.”

The funding will also pay for two volunteers to become part-time employees.

Giroscope, which was founded in the mid-1980s, works with Matthew's Hub to help autistic people to find jobs by providing volunteer opportunities.

The Time After Time Fund has been created by Hubbub and Virgin Media O2 to give money to organisations working to reduce electrical waste in the UK.

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