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Social tenants get computers from housing trust

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities

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Tenants of Watford Community Housing Trust have been given free computers by their social provider.

Twenty-five residents each won a refurbished PC after entering a draw.

The Trust ran the competition after linking up with Eco Computer Systems Ltd, a social enterprise which specialises in recycling computer equipment and gives all its profits back to community projects.

Shah Ata, a tenant of one of the Trust’s sheltered housing schemes, was one of the 25 winners. He said: "This was such a good thing for the Trust to do, to help us like this. I have a computer but it was getting old and in need of replacement, and they are so expensive. I need one for my work so I’m very pleased."

Ruairí McCourt, director of Housing and Neighbourhood Services at the Trust, added: "So much of our lives are led online these days, and computer access is becoming increasingly important for many of our tenants. You often need the internet to apply for jobs, to get the best deal on utility bills, and pretty soon it will be needed to apply for benefits. It’s great to be able to support our tenants in this way."

Gavin Dunn, director of Eco Computer Systems, said: "There can be so many advantages to having a computer in the home, whether it’s getting a good deal on your shopping, helping the children with homework or staying in touch with friends and family. We save computers that are often destined for landfill and make them available to people on a low income, so it’s good for the environment and good for the community."

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