Fixy donations go full circle

Fixy donations go full circle

Thursday 17 November – Ukrainian refugees and other good causes are already benefiting from tech donated through the Fixy initiative.

As well as supporting Somerset’s network of repair groups, Fixy has been collecting unwanted tech items at events and from businesses across the county.

Thanks to project partner DonateIT, donated items are data wiped, refurbished and passed on to school children, refugees, elderly and isolated people, helping address the digital divide.

Items that cannot be fixed are responsibly recycled.

Recent recipients include a refugee support group in Langport which has passed laptops on to three grateful Ukrainian refugee families.

“My daughter was so excited to receive a laptop,” said one of the families. “She said ‘thank you, thank you, thank you’ to the people who sent it.

“It makes me happy to see her so happy. She has lessons from Ukraine on the laptop which is very good for her.“

Donated phones have been passed on to the Frome Primary Care Network to help older, isolated people stay connected, and the Yeovi4Family initiative.

Others have gone, through NHS outreach workers and the Police, to homeless people so they can stay in touch with support services.

And, Castle Cary Primary School is now home to six refurbished computer monitors which were needed for its classrooms.

Councillor Sarah Dyke, Chair of the Somerset Waste Board,  said: “It’s great to see the circle complete and repaired items in the hands of people who really need them.

“And that’s on top of Fixy’s environmental and financial benefits which have never been more important.”

Fixy, a joint repair and reuse initiative which includes Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP), is helping bring repair and reuse of electricals and electronics to Somerset communities.

It is supporting the thriving network of repair cafes and groups across the county by providing extra fixing capacity and banging the drum for repair, reuse and sustainable consumption.

In the coming weeks the Fixy van will be visiting Glastonbury, West Monkton, Porlock, Taunton, Langport, and Otterford with staff on hand to talk all things reuse – as well as taking your unwanted tech items.

A snapshot of upcoming events where you can find Fixy in the coming weeks include:

  • Saturday 19 November: 10am-12noon, Glastonbury Repair Café, St Benedict’s Church, Benedict Street, Glastonbury BA6 9NB.
  • Wednesday 23 November: 12noon-4pm, West Monkton Parish Council community café and warm hub. Brittons Ash Community Hall, Bridgwater Road, Bathpool, Taunton TA2 8FT.
  • Saturday 26 November: 10am-4pm, Eat Taunton festival. Taunton town centre.
  • Saturday 3 December: 10am-12noon, Porlock Repair Café, Village Hall, Toll Road, Porlock, TA24 8QD.
  • Saturday 7 January: 2pm-4pm, Langport Repair Café. Fixy will be at the Bridge Café, Westover Trading Estate, TA10 9RB.
  • Sunday 15 January: 11am-2pm, Otterford repair Café, Parish Hall, Bishopswood, TA20 3RS.

To keep track of where Fixy is going, get a list of the upcoming repair cafes across the county and to find out more about the project visit somersetwaste.gov.uk/fixy

Since Fixy launched in May, more than 450 items have been donated including laptops, tablets, smart phones, digital cameras, PCs, hard drives, servers, routers, and power cables.

It has spoken to more than 1,600 people about the benefits of repair and reuse of electricals and electronics, and where they can get things fixed.

Working electricals and electronics should always be passed on to others or donated to charity shops if they are no longer needed.

Broken items that cannot be repaired for reuse can be recycled from the kerbside as part of Recycle More collections. Items must be small enough to fit into a carrier bag (not a black sack) which should be left untied next to your other recycling.

The Fixy project is being delivered by SWP in partnership with Resource Futures and Donate-IT with grant funding from Ecosurety Exploration Fund.