Computers 4 Carers
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Do you have any

computer equipment

you no longer need?

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Is it under

5 years old?

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Then you can

help a carer fight isolation

isolation

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bbc computers for carersBBC First Click: Old laptops wanted to help UK carers.
The Computers4carers scheme looks to aid carers who are stuck in their homes.
A not-for-profit organisation from Norfolk is looking to address the isolation of carers around the UK by providing them with old laptops.
Nearly 100 free computers so far have been sent out by Chill4us to help carers connect with the outside world.
They are now appealing for the public to send in more of their old equipment.
"Many carers are stuck at home 24 hours a day, so giving them a laptop gives them a life," said Wendy Maxwell, who runs Computers4carers.
"I set up Computers4carers about two years ago after I saw that lots of computers were being sent to help people abroad.
"I knew lots of carers who were struggling to access a computer, so I started to campaign for free computers for carers.
"We do it all voluntarily and we have given out about 100 to carers across the UK - many from Norfolk - all free of charge.
"It can make such a difference to carers' lives - they can find help and support online, friendship or even order their shopping."
Anyone wishing to donate a laptop can do so through the Computers4carers website or by sending them an e-mail.
The laptops must be in working order and have at least Windows Vista.
Carers who would like to put their name down for a computer should register on the Chill4us forums or by sending an e-mail.
For help getting connected to the internet for the first time at home, call BBC First Click on 08000 150 950 or read more.

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sun logoCaring for a loved one is often a lonely task because of the many hours spent caring, along with having little money or support.
Carers Allowance is the lowest benefit there is, and there are many carers who do not even realize they are a carer.
Most carers are unable to leave the house due to not being able to leave the person they care for on their own, which can obviously leave the carer feeling isolated.  Because of this many carers feel depressed or have a lack of self worth.

We at Computers4Carers understand these issues, which is why our unpaid staff campaign to give the carer a window to the outside world - a free laptop, if they live in Norfolk and are in receipt of benefits and do not have any access to the internet.
The carer then can get shopping on line, do banking, access services and find support but most of all make friends.