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Businesses asked to donate old smartphones

6 January 2021

Businesses and other organisations in Leicestershire and the East Midlands are being asked to help people in our communities struggling with their mental health by donating old smartphones.

We all know that 2020 was a tough time for many people and for many this is continuing into 2021, in particular, the threat of Covid and associated restrictions are having a negative impact on many people’s mental health.

Throughout this period there has been support for people in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland throughout the pandemic from the Mental Health Wellbeing and Recovery Service.  The service is commissioned by the local Councils and run by three charities – MHM, Richmond Fellowship and VASL.

Given the restrictions during Covid the service has had to move its support from face to face to online. This has worked well but has been a challenge for a lot people, in particular those who are poorer and more vulnerable, to get online and access our services – meaning that those most in need of support are at risk of not being able to get it and becoming even more isolated.

The easiest, most accessible and affordable way for people to keep in contact with us is through smartphones and we were wondering if local businesses and other organisations would like to help by donating old smartphones. You just need to make sure the phones are cleaned, with all data and SIM cards removed and that they have working chargers.  Donated phones can be sent to MHM who will make sure phones have the right software and security, and will help clients to get set up including with SIM cards and credit.

If you would like to help please send smart phones with chargers to:

Brian Mash, Practice Lead, MHM, Flat 5, 135 Upperton Road, Leicester, LE3 0HF

For further info please contact Brian on:
Tel: 07484 061 656 or Email: bmash@mhm.org.uk