Posted on 06 February 2017
Residents working with our employment services will benefit from a new smartphone recycling programme introduced by Three UK. The mobile phone provider has launched a scheme called Reconnected, which will see some of the UK’s most disadvantaged people connected to the digital world thanks to free mobile devices.
Members of the public are asked to donate their unused smartphones to Three, who will then work closely with Hyde and other charity partners to give the handsets to people who are looking for work, as well as those who are at risk of homelessness, people who have just left the military or victims of domestic abuse.
Those who receive a device via the Reconnected Scheme will also be given three months free access to the Three network allowing them to go online, sign up to job alerts and make important calls without having to worry about the costs.
Hyde resident Mary received a phone via the Hyde Plus employment programme in conjunction with the Reconnected scheme. She explained: “Before I got my Reconnected smartphone, I was terrified of technology. I wanted a job, so I knew I needed to get online. My employment advisor helped me grow my confidence and by the end of the three-month programme, I was emailing prospective employers and talking to my employment advisor via email. I set myself up with a Three SIM package at the end of the three months and it’s opened so many doors for me.”
Evelina Srerdovska, Project Team Manager at Hyde Plus said: “We help unemployed people to apply for jobs and develop work-related skills. Joining forces with Three to give unused phones a new lease of life will help our service users become more confident with technology and make the most of our support programmes.”
To donate an old phone, ask how in your local Three store. To find your nearest store, visit three.co.uk.