๐Ÿ“† ๐Ÿ““๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ’ป DiS group project - Laptops for asylum seekers ๐Ÿ“‹


#1

I figured that we are all pretty talented and skilled and most of our hearts are in the right place. Loads of people on here have so much to give and it kinda seems like a shame not to use this community to do something productive. I know we already do have stuff off the boards like football but it would be cool to do something with a wider social benefit.

IDEA 1:

I was thinking maybe we could start a small project which accepts second hand laptops, clears them, and then distributes them to asylum seekers. There are some other organisations doing similar things but I donโ€™t know of one based around London/the South East that does this other than on a really small scale. We could have a website with nice designs and promote it pretty easily. Post below if you have any skills that would match this or if you wanna get involved in this. Even if you donโ€™t think you have any skills, just being able to commit time and learn a bit is as good as a skill. Also if you have an old laptop you donโ€™t need you can donate it if we do this. I am based around the south east rn but I think we could do this in several places at once if enough people are involved and build it up to something larger.

All other ideas welcome but it looks like this is the thing we are going for at the moment. Feel free to PM me or post in this thread if you have any questions but please try to keep everything in the Googledoc to make this easier to co-ordinate :slight_smile:

We are now working on this over on a googledoc


#2

For idea 1, I would be able to do the liaison with other NGOs, advocacy groups, people who work with asylum seekers


#3

I think Idea 1 sounds superb and Iโ€™ll have a wee think about ways in which I could contribute


#4

Sounds good. Not sure what I could add laptop-skills-wise, but I could definitely knock up a logo and help with a website.


#5

sounds like a grand idea. i have an old laptop i could donate and could put together some kind of video to publicise the idea if thatโ€™s useful. can also do the reinstalling OS bit.


#6

Sounds like a great idea. Not really sure how I could assist (Iโ€™m alright on excel, but I imagine that applies to lots of us). Would happily contribute some ยฃ for site running costs, etc.


#7

In which case, I will happily put a site together.


#8

Sounds cool. I donโ€™t have much to offer skills wise but you can absolutely have my laptop when I replace it soon.


#9

this is a good idea. perhaps the laptops could have docs containing useful DiS hivemind information on them already, stuff like advice for getting accommodation, work, how to avoid the baddies in charge etc


#10

Happy to do anything I can really (but donโ€™t think Iโ€™m actually very good at anything, so)


#11

Jeremy Corbyn wallpaper


#12

Iโ€™m good at making posters/logos etc if that helps!


#13

If you need an HQ to be designed, Iโ€™ll do it!

(Iโ€™ll have a think to see if I could be of any use)


#14

You can have my old laptop but please donโ€™t look at the websites I visited.

Guess I can also have a crack at copywriting for the site or whatever.


#15

i can SEO the motherloving shit out of the website for popping up at the top of google


#16

i am also pretty good at doing pitches for approaching businesses to get involved as have been doing it for my mumโ€™s charity a lot lately


#17

this is all lovely and is making me wish i had any useful skills whatsoever :frowning:


#18

yay so the laptop thing seems quite popular. Iโ€™ll leave the thread open for a while to see if anyone comes up with other ideas then Iโ€™ll do some actual research about how this might work. Iโ€™m pretty sure there would be a big demand for it but need to speak with people who know about it first xoxox


#19

Hahaha hey this guy goes on music forums


#20

I basically have no skills! I have an old laptop lying around that still kinda works but I would have no idea how to clean it. I would have no idea how to make a website or design anything. I donโ€™t know anything about marketing. All I have are ideas.