Step 7: Distribute the devices
Getting the upcycled devices into the hands of people who need them may be the final part of the process but it is definitely the most rewarding.
- Do we have a budget for distributing the devices?
- Will we identify and distribute the devices ourselves or would we like the donor or upcycling service provider to do so on our behalf?
- Do we have a preference for where the devices are distributed (e.g. in our local area)?
- Would we like the devices to be distributed to particular groups or communities?
- Do potential beneficiaries have the right skills, Wi-Fi connectivity and access to technical support?
- Who is responsible for taking enquiries and providing support to beneficiaries once the devices are distributed?
- Choose your upcycling service provider carefully – this includes checking if they can help with the identification of beneficiaries and conduct local distribution (either themselves or through a partner organisation).
- Work with other services within your organisation, such as Housing, Benefits and Social Care, to identify potential beneficiaries.
- Ask your organisation’s voluntary and community sector (VCS) team to recommend local charities and groups that may be able to identify potential beneficiaries.
- Team up with VCS organisations and/or your organisation’s Adult Education division to put in place training sessions (e.g. digital skills) for beneficiaries so they get the most out of the devices.
- Work with your upcycling service provider, local VCS organisations and teams within your organisation to provide some technical support for beneficiaries (at least for a limited time).
- Explore options for offering free connectivity to enable beneficiaries to get online (at least for a limited time).