WFConnect Donations Scheme

The WFConnect Donations Scheme aims to provide devices to children, young people, and families for online use. These devices can assist with homework, internet browsing, and accessing online services.

Help #WFConnect by donating your old technology. All devices will be refurbished and given to local children, young people, and families.

What types of devices are you accepting?

WFConnect are accepting laptops and tablets, as long as they are in working order with a minimum of Windows 7, iOS 9.0, or for an Android 8.0 and above. This is typically anything 2015 or after.

If you are unsure if your device is suitable for re-using, please contact digitaldonations@wakefield.gov.uk

How can I donate a device?

You can donate your device in two ways:

  • drop off: Take your device and cables to any of the drop-off locations below. Please ensure your device and cables are together
  • if you are a business: Please email us at digitaldonations@wakefield.gov.uk and we will contact you to organise a collection date

Where can I drop off my device?

Wakefield Central and Northwest Cluster

  • City Limits - Thornhill Street, Wakefield, WF1 1NL
    Mon to Fri, 9am to 4:30pm

  • Agbrigg and Bell Vue Community Centre - Montague Street, Wakefield, WF1 5BB
    Mon to Fri, 9am to 4:30pm

  • Sunbeam Family Hub - Lupset Crescent, Wakefield, WF2 8RH
    Mon to Thur 8:30am to 5pm, Fri 8:30am to 4:30pm

  • Stanley Family Hub – Long Causeway, Stanley, Wakefield, WF3 4JB Mon to Thur 8:30am to 5pm, Fri 8:30am to 4:30pm

  • Stanley Library - Lake Lock Road, Stanley, Wakefield, WF3 4HU
    Mon to Fri 9:30am to 5pm, Sat 10am to 1pm (closed Wed)

  • Wakefield Library and Museum - Wakefield One, Burton Street, Wakefield, WF1 2DD
    Mon to Fri 9am to 5pm, Sat 9am to 4pm

Normanton and Featherstone Cluster

  • Normanton Town Hall - Block A, High Street, Normanton, WF6 2DZ
    Mon to Fri, 9am to 4:30pm

  • Normanton Library - Market Street, Normanton, WF6 2AR
    Mon to Fri, 9:30am to 5pm, Sat 9:30am to 5pm (closed Wed)

  • The Chesney Centre - Regents Street, Featherstone, Pontefract, WF7 5EW
    Mon to Fri, 9am to 4:30pm

  • Featherstone Library - Victoria Street, Off Station Lane, Featherstone, Pontefract, WF7 5BB
    Mon to Thurs 9:30am to 5pm, Fri and Sat 9:30am to 1pm (closed Tues)

  • Crofton Young Peoples Centre - High Street, Wakefield, WF4 1NF
    Mon to Fri, 9am to 4:30pm

  • Butterflies Family Hub – Wakefield Road, Normanton, WF6 1BB Mon Thur 8:30am to 5pm, Fri 8:30am to 4.30pm

  • Oakhill Family Hub - Hardwick Road, Featherstone, WF7 5JB Mon
    Thur 8:30am to 5pm, Fri 8:30am to 4.30pm

Castleford and Airedale Cluster

  • Airedale Computers - The Active Centre, Stansfield Road, Airedale, Castleford, WF10 3UA
    Mon to Fri, 9am to 4:30pm

  • The Airedale Centre - The Square, Airedale, Castleford, WF10 3JJ
    Mon to Fri, 9am to 4:30pm

  • Airedale Library - The Square, Airedale, Castleford, WF10 3JJ
    Mon to Fri, 9:30am to 5pm, Sat 9:30am to 1pm (closed Thurs)

  • Castleford Forum Library and Museum - Carlton Street, Castleford, WF10 1BB
    Mon to Fri, 9am to 5pm (closed Wed)

  • Kendal Drive Family Hub - Kendal Drive, Castleford, WF10 3SP
    Mon to Thur, 8:30am to 5pm, Fri 8:30am to 4:30pm

  • The Hut Youth Hub - Kershaw Avenue, Castleford, WF10 3ES
    Mon to Fri, 9am to 9pm

Pontefract and Knottingley Cluster

  • Pomfret Family Hub - Rookhill Road, Pontefract, WF8 2DD
    Mon to Fri, 9am to 4:30pm

  • Pontefract Library - Shoemarket, Pontefract, WF8 1BD
    Mon to Fri 9:30am to 5pm, Sat 9:30am to 4pm (closed Thurs)

South East Cluster

  • Cedars Family Hub - Barnsley Road, Hemsworth, Wakefield, WF9 4PU Mon to Fri, 9am to 4:30pm

  • Havercroft Family Hub - Cow Lane, Wakefield, WF4 2BE
    Mon to Wed, 8:30am to 5pm

  • Hemsworth Library - Market Street, Hemsworth, Pontefract, WF9 4JY Mon, Wed, Fri 9:30am to 4pm, Sat 9:30am to 1pm (closed Wed)

  • Platform One - Wakefield Road, Hemsworth, WF9 4AB
    Mon to Fri, 9am to 4:30pm

  • South Elmsall Library - Barnsley Road, South Elmsall, Pontefract, WF9 2AA
    Mon, Tues, Fri 9:30am to 5pm, Wed 9:30am – 1pm, Sat 10am – 1pm (closed Thurs)

South West Cluster

  • The Castle Family Hub - 255 Barnsley Road, Wakefield, WF1 5NU
    Mon to Fri, 9am to 4:30pm

  • Horbury Library - Westfield Road, Horbury, Wakefield, WF4 6HP
    Mon to Fri, 10am to 4pm, Sat 10am to 1pm

  • Sandal Library - Sparable Lane, Sandal, Wakefield, WF1 5LJ
    Mon, Tues, Fri 9:30am to 5pm, Wed 9:30am to 1pm, Sat 10am to 1pm (closed Thurs)

 

Will the equipment be cleaned and safe for someone else to use?

After the donation is made, it will be thoroughly cleaned before it is donated to the next recipient.

The item will also be wiped and reset, to make sure it is ready for the new owner. This will be done by a computer specialist to ensure people's privacy and data is protected.

I have photos on my device that I don't want to lose, how can I remove them before I donate it?

The guidance below can support you in removing your photos from your device. Be advised that many companies also provide further advice on this topic on their website.

How can I remove my data myself?

If you would prefer to wipe the data yourself before donation, here are some suggested instructions. Be advised that many companies also provide further advice on this topic on their website.

What will happen to all my data on the devices that I donate?

The item/s that you donate will be fully wiped and reset to its original factory settings by a computer specialist. No personal data will remain on any devices that are distributed to our recipients.

Who can donate to the scheme?

Anybody who is over the age of 18 years can donate. You must own the item that you want to donate.

Who will receive my devices, and how are they chosen?

We will work with children's services, and partner organisations from across the Wakefield District, to identify and supply children and young people who have need.

Devices are allocated on a device received, device donated basis, and there may be times when we do not have devices available to distribute.

For further information or to pledge donations please contact digitaldonations@wakefield.gov.uk.

How can I tether my data from a mobile phone to another device?

You can use your phone's mobile data to connect another phone, tablet, gaming device, or computer to the internet. Sharing a connection this way is called tethering or using a hotspot. Some phones can share Wi-Fi connection by tethering.

What if I don't have access to data or broadband?

The Good things Foundation is supporting families with access to data to support devices that you may have.

For more information on how to access data please contact Wakefield Library:


Phone: 01924 305376
Email: wakefieldlibrarymuseum@wakefield.gov.uk

For more information on the National Databank, visit the Good Things Foundation website here.

There is also access to devices, and free wi-fi available at WFConnect Cafés across the district.

Find more information on our WFConnect Cafés page here.

FAQs

How can I apply for a digital device?

We are currently distributing devices to those children with a social worker or family key worker or practitioner. We will be looking to expand the eligibility criteria as donations increase.

I have a social worker key worker or practitioner: how do I apply?

Please contact your worker who will send in a nomination form on your child's behalf.

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