I'm worried about my data privacy! What guarantees can you give?
When we receive a laptop, we immediately reset it to its factory settings. We completely understand the importance of data security - under no circumstances would we pass your laptop to anyone else without wiping it first. We can even provide a video of your laptop being wiped if you like. In most cases, depending not he age of your device, we destroy your hard drive after wiping it and replace it with a new one.
While we are happy to wipe a laptop for you for no charge, we understand if you’d rather wipe it yourself (this saves us time, too!) We’ve put together a document which gives you a step-by-step guide to removing all data from your Mac, Windows computer or Chromebook.
Are you a registered charity?
We're not a registered charity but we are a Community Interest Company (Company number 13288663), which means we exist solely to serve the community. Any profit we make is reinvested to serve our mission: to facilitate and advocate for digital inclusion for young refugees.
The refugees we provide laptops for are known to and supported by a host of organisational partners of ours. We feel this is the most effective way to support our recipients, as our provision exists in the context of a holistic suite of support. We recognise that this approach means we don't reach those who are not supported by a specific organisation, and are looking to grow as an organisation so that we can.
Screen Share exists thanks to catalytic funding from the The Blue Thread Big Ideas Fund, which supports young people to develop socially positive, mission-driven tikkun olam projects (improving the world) inspired by Jewish values and aimed at creating change in the world. As we continue to grow from an idea to a project to an operation in which people are willing to invest, we will explore the opportunity to become a registered charity ourselves.
How can I refer someone to you? Can I self-refer?
Screen Share is a voluntary initiative run by young people on a shoestring. We have a very limited supply of tech and so only provide technology to refugees supported by organisations we have already partnered with. Unfortunately, this means that as of January 2022, we are not in a position to work with any further organisational partners, nor can we process self-referrals. We are trying to grow as an organisation and increase the supply and turnover of devices. If we can do this or if our supply begins to outstrip the demand, we will link our referral form on this page.
Do you accept iPads?
Yes - unfortunately many families have no technology at all. While tablets aren’t laptops, they are useful, especially if they come with a keyboard!
I don't know whether my laptop is suitable!
If you think it's too old, it's probably is too old. If it says 'Celeron' or 'Pentium' anywhere, it's too old. If it says 'i3', 'i5' or even 'i7' then it's probably great! The most reliable test of whether it is suitable is when you purchased it was new. If you're unsure just send us a picture and we'll let you know. And if it doesn't suit, we've created a directory for you to send it elsewhere!
I don’t have a charger. Is this okay?
Chargers are obviously really useful, but laptops without them are fine (as long as those laptops have recently shown some signs of life!)
I don’t have a laptop but I’d like to make a donation. How can I do this?
Thank you! We are now taking donations and using the funds for laptop repairs. We are volunteers - not a penny goes anywhere else. Just click here!