Equal Opportunities For All

A Social Enterprise project Plymouth, Devon

Equal Opportunities For All

We aim to provide families in need with basic white goods required to support themselves and their families in their own homes...

Project aim

To acquire a new van to provide essential electrical items to individuals and families in need.

Project owner

We are a family run electrical recycling social enterprise. We collect redundant equipment from businesses and recondition them so that we can donate white goods and PC's to those in need.

We need your help so that we can support more families in need. Our old van is on its last legs! A new van will help us deliver donated PCs and white goods to charities and low-income families who would otherwise be unable to afford them.

The electrical items we supply make a massive difference to the lives of ordinary people in difficult situations and can help these people to completely turn their lives around.

We have worked with and supported the following organisations in Plymouth: AGE UK, SANCTUARY SUPPORTED LIVING, BRITISH RED CROSS, DCFA, MEMORY MATTERS and many more.

To date our organisation has donated over 600 PCs and white goods to charities and families in need.

This letter from Sanctuary Supported Living shows the need for our services:

Collectrical provides an invaluable service to our clients.  Many victims of Domestic Abuse have to leave their homes at short notice leaving everything behind.  Initially moving into temporary accommodation and then onto their new beginnings, starting from scratch all over again.  Through Collectrical we are able to access white goods for our clients and their children allowing them to start their new life with the essential items.  The team at Collectrical act promptly on receipt of our requests and ensure that products are provided to our vulnerable clients.  There is no other charity/organisation locally offering such a thing and we, and our clients, would be lost without it.

This story from the Plymouth Herald shows how the donation of a PC can make a huge improvement in someone’s quality of life:

Community champions heard from Jackie whose daughter Natasha who has Huntingtons disease, which is often called HD, is an hereditary disorder of the central nervous system.

It used to be known as Huntington’s Chorea or HC. Huntington’s disease usually develops in adulthood and can cause a very wide range of symptoms.The disease affects both men and women. Natasha has a son who is currently in hospital in Bristol undergoing treatment. Natasha has been unable to get to the hospital so in stepped the merry quartet who arranged for a little treat that would have gone to landfill. Steve Whiteway from Devon Contract Waste, Sonya and Alex from Collectrical and [Councillor] Chaz Singh arranged for a computer, a webcam, computer desk, back support chair, keyboard and a mouse for Natasha so that she can now skype her son in the comfort of her own home.

Chaz said seeing the joy on Natasha’s face was priceless. Her smile immediately filled the room and as if a burden had been lifted by a group of people she had never met before. Mum Jackie said that she was thrilled and so happy to see that Natasha will now enjoy talking to her son in Bristol.Steve, Sonya, Alex and Chaz hope that Natasha enjoys the skype conversations with her son on the new computer.