A man and two ladies stand behind a table full of IT monitors

Accountancy firm’s IT equipment adds up to welcomed donation for Exeter Foyer

Exeter-based accountancy firm Simpkins Edwards has donated a variety of IT equipment, including 44 PC screens, to Exeter Foyer to be used by its young residents as part of their work, training and educational programmes.
The equipment, which has previously been used by Simpkins Edwards but is in good condition, was donated to the Foyer as part of Simpkins Edwards’ commitment to environmental and community initiatives.
The Exeter Foyer provides safe and supportive accommodation for young people, predominantly aged 16-25 (30 if the young person has a disability). It is designed as a preventative service to long-term homelessness by giving young people opportunities to develop key life skills. The service offers a holistic approach, tailored to meeting a young person’s individual support needs. The specialist team provides advice and guidance to help the young people with work, training and educational needs. This work helps gain independence and enables young people to become economically active members of the community.
“As a company we’re passionate about supporting local initiatives and the Exeter Foyer seemed like the perfect recipient of this equipment,” said Adrian Hemmings of Simpkins Edwards. “The support it gives to local young people is vitally important in helping them move forward with their lives and being able to use IT to train, learn, looks for jobs, have fun and relax with is a big part of this. We’re also committed to reducing unnecessary wastage and reusing and recycling wherever possible, so we’re doubly pleased that the equipment will be given a new lease of life.”
“We are really grateful to Simpkins Edwards for the donation of their old computer screens; we will be able to put them to good use in supporting our young people with their IT skills, as well as enabling them to gain access to the internet to search for training opportunities or jobs,” said Debbie Brimacombe, Project Manager, Exeter Foyer. “Some of our more vulnerable young people find that previous negative experiences of school or college can be a real barrier to learning, so giving them the opportunity to carry out on-line learning in a safe and comfortable environment can make such a different to their ability to learn and progress.
“We are always grateful for donations, not just of IT equipment, but of other items such as crockery, cutlery, bedding, toiletries, etc.  Many of the young people who come to Exeter Foyer literally have just the clothes they are wearing.”
If you would like more information about Exeter Foyer, or would be interested in donating, please contact Debbie Brimacombe or Jenny Lightfoot at the Foyer on 01392 499222.  Alternatively you can e-mail debbie.brimacombe@stonewater.org or jenny.lightfoot@stonewater.org
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