PROBABLY THE MOST SUCCESSFUL SOCIAL ENTERPRISE IN YORKSHIRE.

SOCIAL VALUE - In terms of social value, we are well ahead of the game. For over 8 years we have been retraining long term unemployed people and volunteers, some on placement from colleges and training organisations and we make work placements available for all our local schools using computer recycling.

COMPUTER RECYCLING - We are fully licensed by the Environment Agency and provide a valuable computer recycling service to 2 local authorities and most of Yorkshires Emergency Services, plus several NHS Trusts, PCTs, schools and businesses throughout the region. We provide Data Security and guarantee sanitising of all hard drives and devices that we use. We have a 100% no landfill policy and as we have outlets for just about everything we take in we actually achieve around 97% recycling rates.

LOW COST COMPUTERS - We provide low cost refurbished computers to our communities and many free of charge computer systems to good causes. We re-case many computers so they look good and also build several brand new systems. Everything is available on our website.

REPAIRS We have several highly qualified and experienced technicians to help you with your computing problems. Inspection and diagnostics are charged at J10. Small software installs and minor configuration issues are charged at J10. Minor upgrades such as matching and fitting memory upgrades or fitting a new PSU costs just J10. Most hardware and software repairs can be accomplished for no more than J35. A full format and reinstall costs just J35. We wipe the hard drive clean and start again from scratch. This is the cure for most troublesome software problems and serious virus infestations. If you need backups of your data first we do this where possible for an extra J10.

HOSTED VISITS - We host visits from all over the world for people to come and learn the regulations about computer recycling and about how to run a successful social enterprise. Many new computer recycling ventures have started after a visit here.

CHARITY All our profits are given to Chrysalis Youth & Community Project to help in their work with young people who are not in mainstream education. They can provide an alternative program which includes OCN qualifications in motor mechanics or building and construction. Soon they will have a community radio station and be able to learn broadcast & media.

Professional Associations & Certifications

  • Accreditted member of the Regional Electronics Initiative (www.rei.org.uk)

Serviced Areas

  • West Yorkshire

Contact Details

  Website
  City Castleford
  Postcode WF10 3AS
  Address The Active Centre, Stansfield Road, Airedale
  Phone Number 019 7773 6283

Products & Services

Computer Repairs

Computer and Laptop Repairs are a major part of what we do and we have highly qualified and experienced computer repair technicians to help you with your computing problems.

Our technicians built the computers that designed the Olympic Village in London and also the Olympic shooting ranges.

Chief Technician Alistair has a degree in computer science and Jon has 2 degrees. Ian has several qualifications and is extremely knowledgable in modern tech.

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Great work and fast. (same day for me)

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My Dell base unit gave up the ghost after six years, within 3 hrs a new base unit was built from scratch. The specification recommended has surpassed all expectations, brilliant service from a very knowledgeable team.

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Brilliant service would definitely use again.

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Thanks for letting me rifle through your pot of screws last week. Got the M2 disk fitted nicely with it!

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Great service, can’t fault them in any way. Would highly recommend.

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What a great service. Phoned them yesterday dropped laptop off in afternoon and was back this morning. They said they were busy but when I explained what I was doing (community planning event) they sorted it for me. If not our event would be difficult to sort this Saturday.

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My MacBook gave up the ghost last week after 12 years. I was so gutted as I have all my photos/memories on it plus as I paid £800 for it at uni I really didn’t want to just scrap it.
I’m totally not technical so I rang your Pontefract store and they pointed me in the direction of the Castleford store as your assistant Connor had more experience with Macs... I took it in not expecting much and told him to take as long as he needed as it wouldn’t even switch on...
He rang me the next day, told me what was wrong, quoted me a price which I was more than happy with and it was ready to pick up that day.
My laptop is now working perfectly and for a very reasonable price.
I’m so pleased! Thank you so much Connor!
He added a new internet explorer for me too as the one I had on was obsolete so that was really helpful too.
This saved me having to buy a new laptop and I’m able to get my photos off for the future.
10 out of 10!!!

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We've used the Castleford shop and they have helped us with a problem we also bought a laptop from them and when an issue occurred they immediately helped us get sorted. Highly recommend them. Great customer service. Thank you

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Showed me help me with my prob got everything sorted thank you, learning all the time

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Bought a couple of units from Airedale. Had a fault with one was resolved in seconds over the phone. Looking for a third unit now.

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From Our Website

We have 3 computer sales and repair shops in Castleford, Pontefract and Airedale where we sell new and refurbished computers, laptops and accessories. All profits from these activities are given back to the community through our charity which is Chrysalis Youth and Community Project. We donate computers to local charities and good causes, and we have a wall with a lot of photos of the people we have helped at our Airedale Branch. Microsoft is going to stop supporting Windows 7 from Tuesday so that it can focus on "newer technologies".


This innovative and multi award-winning project is based in Airedale, a village in Castleford, West Yorkshire. It was developed out of a desire to help those less fortunate than ourselves. Since its inception in January 2002, we have worked hard to provide support where it's most needed. We retrain long-term unemployed people and return them into the job market. The project expanded rapidly and we now have three retail shops and a very efficient recycling facility, all to support our registered charity Chrysalis who run THE HUT, a Sports & Community Centre in Airedale.


We provide a much needed safe and secure computer and electronics refurbishing, recycling and ethical disposal service, free of charge to several Local Authorities, most of West and South Yorkshires Schools, several NHS Trusts, PCT's and many businesses throughout the region to help them meet their legal and social responsibilities within the framework of the European (Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment) WEEE Directives. All hard drives are sanitised free of charge. We collect properly stored computers and electronics for ethical recycling and disposal anywhere in Yorkshire and surrounding areas.