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Business helps homeless people learn IT skills

Nottingham-based recruitment company Staffline is providing equipment and training to help homeless and vulnerable people across the East Midlands gain digital skills.

Staffline has donated around 400 items of pre-loved IT equipment to the homelessness charity Framework. The items, including more than 140 laptops and 100 tablets, as well as smartphones and protective cases, are estimated to be worth more than £23,000.

Framework’s digital inclusion team will use these to help people in need to acquire the vital IT skills and confidence to live independently.

In addition staff from the company are providing pro bono support by delivering IT training to Framework’s staff.

Matt Roberts, Staffline’s Group Head of IT, said: “At Staffline, we’re not just about providing top-notch flexible work across the UK; we’re about making a real difference in our communities, too.

“That’s why we’re thrilled to share our recent collaboration with Framework, a charity dedicated to supporting homeless individuals in the East Midlands. By donating tablets and laptops, we’re opening doors to new opportunities for people in need, aligning perfectly with our core values and vision.

“One of our core values, to ‘Stand Up and Be Counted’, is about building credible relationships and delivering on our promises with relentless passion. This donation to Framework embodies that commitment, offering a lifeline to those who are often left behind. We believe in the power of technology to connect, educate, and empower individuals, helping to bridge the gap between adversity and opportunity.

“‘Doing the Right Thing’, another core value at Staffline, is at the heart of everything we do. Acting with integrity and honesty, we adhere to the highest ethical standards, which is why partnering with Framework felt so right.

“This initiative supports their vision of creating an inclusive community where everyone has the chance to thrive. Together we’re working towards a future where homelessness is not just addressed but prevented, through understanding, support, and access to crucial resources like education and employment opportunities.

“We’re proud to support Framework’s goals, which resonate deeply with our vision of creating a future where everyone feels valued, supported, and hopeful. Through this donation, we’re not just providing technology; we’re helping to build a foundation for resilience, skill development, and a sense of belonging.

“It’s a reflection of our belief in doing the right thing for our community, standing up to be counted, and making a tangible difference in the lives of those we serve.”

Framework’s Head of Fundraising and Communications, Claire Eden, said: “Businesses and organisations provide vital support to our work in many different ways including payroll giving, taking part in fundraising events, or making Framework their charity of the year.

“Gifts in kind and pro bono support also make a massive contribution to the work we do to help people in need – as in the case of Staffline’s hugely generous and heartfelt support which is greatly appreciated.

“The quantity, quality and range of equipment provided by Staffline have given many more service users access to vital digital communications equipment. The training offered has increased the skill level among our service users. Both elements of this support have increased the scope and effectiveness of the work by our colleagues and have advanced digital inclusion among our service users.

“Thank you to everyone at Staffline who has been involved in this exceptional initiative. We are delighted to demonstrate our appreciation by including Staffline among our Friends of Framework – a group of businesses who have gone above and beyond in their support of our work. The plaque we recently presented provides enduring evidence of that appreciation.”

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