Pass IT On is an Edinburgh based charity, founded in 2002.
We provide free computer systems to people in the Edinburgh and Lothians postcode area who are unable to access publicly available computers because of a 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.
June 2022 – Pass IT On is thrilled to announce that we have been awarded core funding over the next three years from the Robertson Trust. The Robertson Trust is currently the largest independent grant-making trust in Scotland. Inspired by the example of its founders, the Robertson Sisters, it has a vision for a fair and compassionate Scotland where everyone is valued and able to flourish. For more information, please visit www.therobertsontrust.org.uk
We are enormously grateful to have been enabled and supported in our work over the past two decades by a range of funders such as the Bank of Scotland Foundation, the RS Macdonald Trust, Miss Agnes H. Hunter’s Fund, 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, and we secured vital emergency funding during the pandemic from the Wellbeing and the Device Refurbishment Support Funds as well as the Edinburgh & Lothians Health Fund Connecting Communities grant.
Carers price PC: we are pleased to offer carers a special reduced price of £65 for a full PC system (normal cost £95). If you are in receipt of Carer’s Allowance and would like to buy a discounted PC, please get in touch.
October 2018: We were delighted to welcome James Turing, Founder and CEO of The Turing Trust to Pass IT On, to talk about ways in which both charities might work together.
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.