Powerhouse phone drop aids Autism Jersey recycling project
Festive Powerhouse staff launch the Autism Jersey mobile phone donation drop
If you receive a new mobile phone for Christmas, don’t just discard your old one, bring it to Jersey Electricity’s Powerhouse store from where it will be re-cycled to help Autism Jersey. The charity’s Donate Your Phone project provides skills training and employment opportunities to people on the autism spectrum while also raising funds for the charity.
There are estimated to be over 1,000 people living in Jersey with a form of autism. Autism Jersey support workers provide life and social skills training but with limited opportunities for people with autism to gain suitable work experience, the charity wanted to create a sustainable business that would provide meaningful work for adults.
Launched last April on World Autism Day, the project took off thanks to a grant from Barclays Community Awards to cover start-up costs. The project trains autistic volunteers how to clear data and repair old mobile phones before re-selling or recycling them. The public can donate unwanted mobiles, preferably with chargers and packaging, at Barclays Bank, Autism Jersey Boutique on Bath St and now the Powerhouse on Queen’s Road.
Caroline Ashworth, Social Enterprise Development Manager at Autism Jersey, explained: ‘Now there is a real incentive for islanders who have mobile phones they no longer use to donate and support a good cause. The project not only benefits our clients and the charity but also has a positive impact on the environment. As a big retailer of mobiles, the Powerhouse is a great location for a collection point and what better time to launch it than Christmas.’