ReBOOT receives The King’s Award for Voluntary Service

Forres charity ReBOOT has obtained The King’s Award for Voluntary Service. This is the very best award an area voluntary group can obtain within the UK and is equal to an MBE.

Set up in 1997, the workforce refurbishes and recycles IT {hardware} it collects from companies and households all throughout the north.
It was the primary pc recycling undertaking of its type within the North of Scotland to take care of such a broad vary of pc {hardware}, together with laptops and desktop computer systems, video games consoles, printers, tablets, and displays.
Kit that can’t be revamped is dismantled by volunteers, and the valuable metals and uncommon earth minerals are extracted for use in new IT gear, which may cut back the necessity for environmentally-harmful extraction from the earth.
ReBOOT’s major remit is to donate the refurbished computer systems and gear to charitable causes and deprived people.
In 2008 it expanded to open a store the place employees and volunteers promote low-cost gear to the general public and perform IT repairs, solely charging a price if the merchandise will be mounted.
Despite having a lot on their plate this yr, the agency partnered with Moray Council and University of the Highlands and Islands, amongst different organisations, to supply work expertise to highschool and school pupils, and all of the whereas persevering with with their ongoing work with the Criminal Justice Service.
The prestigious King’s Award for Voluntary Service goals to recognise excellent work by native volunteer teams to learn their communities.  Representatives of the teams will obtain the award crystal and certificates.
ReBOOT supervisor, Lee McGrath, mentioned “We are genuinely honoured to obtain this award.  Since beginning as a pilot undertaking, our volunteer workforce has totalled a mean of 182,000 hours and dealt with over 2,200 tonnes of redundant pc gear.  Heartfelt thanks exit to all these wonderful individuals who have supplied their time to us over time.”
Lord-Lieutenant of Moray, Seymour Monro mentioned: “It’s implausible information that an environmental organisation is the recipient of the King’s Award for Voluntary Service 2023, as we all know His Majesty is a eager environmentalist.
“I’m delighted to congratulate all of the employees and volunteers, previous and current, at ReBOOT on reaching the King’s Award for Voluntary Service.  They are actually outstanding and so they deserve this award.  This is an incredible achievement and displays the onerous work, dedication and enthusiasm of many individuals over the 26 years of this organisation.”

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