About The Scheme

What is Computer Benefits?

Focusing on the Furness Peninsula, Computer Benefits aims to deliver fully refurbished computer systems to families or individuals claiming any means tested benefit.

The long term aims of the project are to improve access to computers in homes where there may be financial barriers. The scheme hopes to help improve these individual's IT skills and give them better chances in the future.

Just a few years ago, a child having access to a home computer had an advantage over those who did not. Today those children without access to their own computer may actually be at a disadvantage.

Computer Benefits aims to improve the chances of people without the means to buy their own computer by providing an 'as new' computer system including Software, warranty and support, all for a very low rental fee.

Aims and Objectives of the Project

  • Improve the IT skills of the local area
  • Aim to reduce unemployment in the area by enabling access to employment websites and online applications
  • Enhance the learning for young people who may not have access to a computer
  • Enable residents of Barrow in Furness to get connected to learning schemes online

Supporting Bodies

The scheme is backed by an array of partners in the local area including BAE Systems, Barrow Borough Council, Barrow & District Disability Association, Age UK, Cumbria CVS, Barrow & District Credit Union and Capita.