Being online has become essential for accessing day to day services, whether you are an elderly person wanting to do online shopping, or a schoolchild doing homework. There are still many people in Lewisham who don't have a computer or laptop at home. Catbytes lend devices to people free of charge. However, we need people to fix and repair donated hardware.

About 50% of the devices that are donated to us don't work perfectly when we get them. If you have experience fixing computers and laptops this can be very useful to us. Any level of experience is valued, from installing Windows to work that involves taking a laptop apart. We have quite a pile of laptops that don't work already. We also have desktops and tablets.

We have a range tools in our office, from screwdrivers to soldering irons. We also have plenty of spare parts, such as memory, keyboard and power supplies. We even have a small budget to replace small parts. If you volunteer, you will meet other people who like to tinker with computers, and be able to share ideas and also learn. Our volunteers have breathed life into many old computers since we began.

There is no specific time commitment required. You can come down at any time during our working hours to help out, although please warn us beforehand. Our opening hours are 10am to 6pm every Monday to Friday. 

If you would like to find out more about becoming a hardware fixer, or apply, please email