SilenceBreaker Media aims to reduce waste by collecting and rebuilding used computers for the benefit of disadvantaged communities in South Yorkshire – including Maltby (Rotherham), Thurnscoe (Barnsley), and Edlington (Doncaster) - providing them with low-cost, ethical computers and training for them to get online, and get communicating using multimedia. SilenceBreaker Media have three clear aims:
1) connect people via technology;
2) save waste; and,
3) make media technology materials available at low cost
SilenceBreaker Media run a community media lounge in Shalesmoor, Sheffield – the SBm Hub.
Facilities and activities include:
• access to the internet and computer resources through £1 per hour internet cafe, which has on-site volunteers to help with technical problems.
• workshops on social media, multimedia and computer training/reconditioning
• volunteering opportunities in multimedia and computer training/reconditioning
• hiring out of media materials.
• sales of low cost reconditioned computers (some from as low as £15!).
• provides a space for members of the public, groups and organisations to drop off and donate used computer materials so that they can be reconditioned and reused in the community in projects, workshops and also the SBm Hub IT shop
• hiring out the venue for other organisation’s and groups to run workshops and events from as low as £10 per hour
It has a close running bus and tram route and is around a 10-15 minute walk from the City Centre.