We usually have several volunteers working with us. We also provide work experience placements for schools and colleges.
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VOLUNTEERING AT AIREDALE COMPUTERS
We often accept volunteers to help in the work at our charitable organisation, mainly in the computer workshop, working alongside technicians preparing computers for resale, sometimes in the recycling warehouse, dismantling computers and sorting the components, or working in the extensive grounds as a groundsperson, gardener or landscaper. We even need a volunteer that can help with SEO and cleaning up of our website, helping with online newsletters, etc. and maybe doing some social networking.
Volunteers can earn an in-house certificate linked to their work, plus gain a work record and references. They also have the chance to gain NVQ's. Give Keith a ring on 01977 736283 and see where you can fit into our charitable organisation. Some of our past volunteers have gone on to work in the computing industry.
NOTE: As of June 2008, you can volunteer as many hours a week, as you want (even up to full time) without it affecting your benefits, however your local benefits office may try to limit your attendance to 16 hours a week. This is only because they are misinformed. Contact your benefits advisor and request a document called Volunteering while receiving benefits.pdf and then get them to read it. Alternatively pass me their name and I will contact them on your behalf.
We have recently taken on four of our volunteers as apprentices and in the next 6 months they will be trained and sit exams for Microsoft and Cisco among others. They will be working full time helping us get our computers ready for sale.
IT’S ABOUT THE VOLUNTEERS
The inside of a computer system acts like a magnet to young and old alike so volunteers flock to Award winning Social Enterprise, Airedale Computer Recycling from all walks of life from as young as 15 doing work experience from local schools to long-term unemployed people wanting to gain a work record and references, right through to retired people who come here both to keep themselves active and instill in themselves a purpose in life and that feeling of still being useful. Plenty of people have been retrained over the last 8 years and many have gone on to find jobs in the industry.
Volunteers help by collecting redundant computers in the van as well as recycling some of them in the warehouse, which keeps them out of landfill. They will make sure any data or personal information is totally wiped from it to keep it safe from hackers. They work alongside real technicians repairing and refurbishing computers to sell in the retail shop at Airedale.
Volunteers also help to prepare computers that are given away free-of-charge to good causes and they take pride in adding another photo to the Wall of Fame.
As all profits go to registered charity, Chrysalis Youth and Community Project who provide an alternative education program for disadvantaged or excluded young people, volunteers are happy that they are helping a good cause.
Local MPs Yvette Cooper (Secretary of State - Work & Pensions) and husband Ed Balls (Secretary of State – Children, Schools and Families) are supportive of the work done at Airedale and visit us occasionally to talk with some of the volunteers.
Photo copyright©2009 Paul Harness; www.paulharness.com
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