• First rebuild session of 2104

    Posted on January 19, 2014 by Simon in Volunteering.

    We had a hugely successful rebuild session on Saturday working on the laptops that were donated by the Wellcome Trust.  There were 148 laptops donated in total and we are aiming to process them all in two rebuild sessions at St Margaret’s Church Hall in Stirling.

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    The donation

    There was a great turnout of volunteers who gave up their Saturday afternoons to help out. What was even more impressive was their ability to learn for what most of them was a new skill, but that did’t stop anybody from enthusiastically getting involved and learning on the job! As well as people helping to get the laptops ready to go, we also had a very efficient packing team and Cecilia ensuring we didn’t go hungry! Below are some of our volunteers in action.


    Some of the volunteers were able to use the time that they spent working on the laptops as part of a volunteering award.  Ru is working towards his Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award and will be completing the volunteering aspect of this with Malaptop.  It was great to have him along and we’re looking forward to him complete the rest of his hours with us.  Volunteering hours that are done as part of the Scottish Schools programme can also contribute towards volunteering awards such as the Duke of Edinburgh or the Saltire Awards.

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    Ru blitzing two laptops at once

     

    A special thanks has to go to Dave, who is our technical wizard and ensured that the session went as smoothly as possible and was able to train all the volunteers who were new to Lubuntu and not confident in their computing skills.

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    Keeping us right

    We had aimed to process 75 laptops on Saturday afternoon. Due to the enthusiasm of our volunteers and their dedication we were able to process 93 laptops! This is a very impressive figure and means that there are only 55 laptops from the Wellcome Trust donation that need to be processed at our next volunteering session in February. We are confident that our next session will be just as successful! If you want to keep informed about when the next session will be, keep an eye on our Volunteering pages and Facebook.

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