We provide free computer systems to people in the Edinburgh and Lothians postcode area who are unable to access publicly available computers because of their disability or long-term health condition. We adapt and customise donated equipment to our clients’ individual needs and interests. We also offer volunteering opportunities, particularly for people with extra support needs.
We believe passionately that the benefits of digital technology should be accessible to all members of society.
We are supported in our work with funding from 2018-20 from the Robertson Trust, the RS Macdonald Trust, the Corra Foundation, the Nancie Massey Charitable Trust and VAF. The Scottish Government supported us with funding between 2014-16 as part of their Digital Participation Strategy.
The Turing Trust works in a very similar way to Pass IT On, recycling old IT equipment to provide computers and computer labs for rural schools in Africa – particularly in Ghana and Malawi. Pioneering computer scientist and mathematician Alan Turing was James’ great uncle, and the Turing Trust forms part of his legacy.
August 2018: We’re pleased to announce that we’ve received funding from the Volunteer Action Fund over the next three years to extend the role of volunteer co-ordinator Damian.
Recently Damian has been working on recruiting some fantastic new volunteers and upgrading Pass IT On’s volunteer achievement awards. He’s put together a range of volunteer learning and development activities where volunteers receive a certificate after learning how to carry out particular tasks. Activities include things like how to build a computer, installing Linux, making network cables and configuring routers. All of the activities demonstrate solid transferable skills which volunteers can then add to their cv.
Pictured below are regular volunteers Les and Robert receiving their first certificates.